Is that pitter-patter we hear on the windows? Monsoon is just around the corner, bringing the much-needed respite from this blistering summer heat. As you get excited for the windy days, soaking rains, and pleasant earthy smells, you also need to be preparing for that extra caution your little one needs this monsoon season. As pleasant as the monsoon is, it is also the time babies fall sick the most. With its rain showers and windy days, monsoon also means damp clothes, water puddles, muddy shoes, soaking umbrellas, dripping pipes, mosquitoes, dirt, and germs. The air is also damp and laden with moisture, which is the perfect breeding ground for various bacterial and fungal growth.
Hence, you need to be extra vigilant and prepared in monsoon to keep your baby happy, healthy, and dry. Do a pre-monsoon check around the house. See if there are any leakage or damp areas and probably get that fixed. Restock that mosquito repellent, wash your hands and feet first after coming back home before you touch your baby, and keep a check on your baby’s temperature. Apart from these little tips, here are a few other things you need to keep in mind for baby grooming this monsoon;
- Dry, Light, And Covered –
Monsoon brings that sweet temperature between hot and cold. The kind where you can pull out that soft sweatshirt and cozy up in it. But it also brings a lot of humidity and mosquitoes along with it. For your baby, that moisture can cause fungal or bacterial infection so it is imperative to keep them dry. Bundle your little one in light, breathable clothes to keep them dry, cool, and safe from mosquito bites. Never put damp clothes on your baby, make sure they are totally dry.
- Baths And Skincare –
Give your baby daily baths or sponge wipes. The temperature fluctuates during monsoon so try and keep the water temperature lukewarm for them. Make sure to clean those folds and creases where it is easier for germs to breed. Pat them dry nicely and apply baby care products to keep them away from sweat and dampness, pay extra attention to the folds on the elbow and underneath the knee, the underarms, and lower abdomen.
- Use Light, absorbent Diapers –
If possible, try and give your baby diaper breaks every once in a while, at home. For diapers, something that is a big baby essential, opt for diapers that have proper air channels such as Merries Diapers. Merries diapers have well-organized micro-air channels that help keep the baby’s skin dry and comfortable. Moisture can lead to higher chances of diaper rashes, which is why it is important to choose the right diaper for your baby.
- Boiled Water Is A Must –
It is better to use boiled water to cook food for your baby in order to avoid any waterborne diseases like typhoid, diarrhea etc. If your baby is still on a formula diet then use boiled water for the mixture as well. Keep it stored in a bottle and cool it down to drinkable temperature before giving it to your baby.
- Clean Surroundings –
Make sure there is no water logging in your house, it is the breeding ground for mosquitoes. Spray mosquito repellent in the room 15-20 minutes before bringing your baby in making sure you’re not spraying it anywhere near the baby. Trim your garden hedges or clean any molds if any, before the monsoon and just overall make sure to have a dry, and clean environment for the baby.
Also, make sure to get your baby the pre-monsoon vaccinations, and in case of fever, consult your pediatrician immediately. Keep these in mind this monsoon for a happy, healthy, and active baby.