Thursday, June 01, 2017

Posted On 6/01/2017 by Team iCynosure.

Summer is a great time for families and friends to get together and enjoy the holiday season. However, summer weather can also bring numerous ailments, including a variety of infections and seasonal allergies, making it a season to dread.

As mothers, we tend to find superficial solutions to beat the summer heat. What we really need to understand are the different ailments that may infect our little ones, along with their root causes and the precautions we must take to prevent them. Over the last few years, I've identified ailments that could hamper our summer fun and found simple steps that would help us stay ahead and give them a miss.

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Respiratory Disorder
One of the main issues that we face in the summer in mold, a fungus that thrives in warm temperatures, grows in moist areas, and travels through the air. The fungus spores may enter our respiratory systems as we breathe and cause problems like asthma attacks, nasal congestion, and summer colds. To keep our surroundings free of mold, it is important to minimise dampness that may be caused due to water leakage, air humidity, or wet carpets. Switch on the air conditioning, clean up the air, and breathe easily.

Skin Irritations
Hot and humid weather brings out creepy-crawly creatures and stinging insects, and the sun's rays also affect the surface of the skin. Whether it's a sting from bees, wasps, hornets, mosquitoes, ticks, or ants or it's a reaction to clingy clothing, skin irritations can occur any time. Simple things that will help eliminate skin irritations include wearing clothing made from natural, breathable fabrics and using an insect repellant when stepping out of the house.

Food Reactions
Adverse reactions to food can happen at any time, however they often peak during the summer. Eating undercooked or raw food can sometimes lead to food poisoning, stomach infections, loose motions, and even constipation, which if not treated may be life-threatening. To avoid these issues, stay clear of any such food items and eat healthy, nutritious food along with a regular intake of water.

Dehydration, Exhaustion, and Heatstroke
The summer heat can rapidly reduce the body's water content, leaving it undernourished and prone to dehydration. Unless you replenish the water content, exhaustion and heatstroke can occur. Drinking water regularly not only promotes good physical, mental, and emotional health, but it also speeds up metabolism. In addition to drinking water, keep the body temperature in check through cool showers and cool packs.

Though there are many more summer ailments with varied symptoms, the most common include sneezing, itchy eyes, headache, coughing, and wheezing. The rare include dizziness, loss of consciousness, and heatstroke. If you suspect any one is affected by these, try to find out as much as you can about how they are feeling and reduce the exposure to the probable cause. Try home remedies or health and wellness products, and seek help if the condition worsens or there isn't any improvement. However, since precaution is better than a cure, try your best to keep these ailments at bay.

Until next time,
 - Heena

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