After the dry season’s over and gone, the rainy days are back with a vengeance. A string of typhoons already passed by the country bringing with it turbulent rains and thunderstorms. For moms like me, what’s worrisome are the various diseases that the children can possibly suffer from. Don’t we just hate it when they get sick because of the season? Or what it brings?
According to data from the Department of Health (DOH), there are several common illnesses that come about especially during the rainy season. Here are the top three diseases and how to avoid them.
- Dengue Fever
Dengue-bearing mosquitoes thrive in areas with stagnant water. It is only common to see a lot of children with dengue fever, especially in the said areas. Dengue starts off as a seemingly light headache which leads to fever. If not detected early, it can be life-threatening.
2. Common Cold/ Cough
The rainy season makes it easy for communicable diseases to spread from one child to another. If your child goes to school, have you noticed that when one of the classmates have cold and cough, probably half of the class will get it too? This is because particles from infectious diseases like colds and coughs stay in the air longer during this season. Thus, you may observe that a lot of children, including your kid’s friends, classmates and cousins, would contagiously suffering from colds and cough.
Colds and cough, if left untreated, usually progresses into flu. Its symptoms include headaches, drowsiness, and even chills, in severe cases. The common strand of the flu lasts for 3 days to a week. Regularly monitor your child’s temperature if you suspect your kid to be suffering from the flu. If your child’s condition worsens, it could be time to bring your child to the pedia for a check-up.
How You Can Keep Your Kids Safe
- Boost Your Kid’s Immunity
They say that prevention is better than cure. Make sure that your child does not contract any common rainy day disease by boosting your child’s immunity. Start by feeding your child right – try to inject more fruits and veggies into their diet. You can also opt to buy age-appropriate supplements to further increase the chances of protecting your child from the elements.
- Get Flu Shots and/or other vaccines
Alternatively, upon consultation with your pedia, you can get flu shots or other needed vaccines so you can be assured that your child will be safe from these diseases. No matter the negative things a lot of moms have about vaccines that relate to money-making issues, my children’s vaccines are complete and updated.
- Wear face masks whenever needed
When interaction with other children is unavoidable, you can prevent the spread of diseases by wearing face masks. It can be uncomfortable for your child at first but it’s for their own good, after all.
Ultimately, while the rainy season brings with it a lot of common diseases, discerning moms (like you!) will surely be able to avoid these diseases from entering your household.
Keep safe, everyone! And stay dry!