is a time when people relax and unwind spending most of the time indoors.
However, kids are prone to varieties of summer ailments due to which summer
time becomes less enjoyable and more stressful. Read to learn about the home
remedies for preventing summer illnesses in kids.
Summer is a time when kids catch cold, flu and many other ailments easily.
Fortunately, there are many illnesses that can be easily prevented and even if
the child is struck with the virus or bacteria, she can be cured in natural way provided
she is treated on time.
The best thing about home remedies is that they reduce the duration of illness
and helps make the child feel better faster without suffering from any kind of
side effects. One of the best ways to prevent children from catching common summer illnesses is to give the body what it
needs and have a constant supply of nutrients in your child’s body.
Summer Illnesses in Kids and Home
Remedies for Them
Have a quick look at the common summer illnesses in kids and tips for preventing such illnesses.
1. Heat Stroke
The reason for getting heat stroke is immense heat and dehydration. The body
becomes extremely hot and this should be attended immediately because if not
treated on time, this may result into a very serious condition also.
If treated immediately, heat stroke can be very easily handled. You simply need
to find a shade or at least cover the head from direct sunrays and drink lots
of water. For immediate relief you can pour water on skin or if possible, on
the head. Giving the kid an oral rehydration solution (ORS) with both, salt and
sugar, will help recover her blood levels and help her feel better.
If there is need for your child to stay for long in sun, let her cover her head
with a hat and drink water regularly and keep her hydrated.
2. Prickly Heat
Prickly heat is a common problem especially in children living in hot places.
This occurs when there is excess sweating with clothes on especially when your
child is not wearing skin-friendly clothes. The reaction is on skin which looks
like red blisters and sometimes lumps also. Even though it can occur anywhere,
it usually erupts in the areas where there is lot of sweating like armpits,
back, forehead, shoulder, folds of arms and legs.
Rubbing ice or using prickly heat powder will help the rashes and blisters go
away. However, you should make sure your child does not scratch the skin
because this will make her feel worse and also spread the infection. Taking
bath two or more times will also help your child get relief.
You can avoid the problem by making your child wear loose fitting clothes made
of cotton or linen. Encourage proper ventilation in your house and keep your
child’s skin free from sweat.
Children become prone to dehydration during summer days very easily. This is
because they go out to play different sports and stay outdoors for long and the
heat of the sun causes dehydration. If your child feels exhausted, lack of
energy and overheated and if your child is thirsty or has dry lips and tongue
she is showing signs of dehydration.
Let your child come in shade and drink plain water first. Give her an ORS which
has salt and sugar in it so that she recovers quickly. Splash water on her face
and let her rest in shade.
Make sure your child drinks lots of water during summer days. Provide ORS early
and often. When your child is going out to play or practice, make sure that she
is properly hydrated. Also ensure that she carries a bottle of drinking water
with her so that she sips some water in between also.
4. Cold and Flu
A child very easily gets attacked by cold and
flu during summer because of the sudden temperature difference that happen when
she goes out to play. The home is cooler than the outside temperature and this
immediately attacks the child. Sudden rise in body temperature and sneezing are
the immediate symptoms seen. The child feels down and falls ill.
As soon as you see the first signs of illness, make your child drink lots of
warm drinks like herbal teas and warm lemon water. Give your child 1 tbsp. of
cinnamon powder mixed with 1 tbsp. of honey and let her lick it slowly or mix
to make a spicy tea without milk. Make your child take rest and drinks lots of
If you help your child follow a healthy lifestyle, you can help her prevent
from cold and flu. Giving your child a regular dose of vitamin C, vitamin D3
and zinc will also prevent her from getting cold and flu.
5. Sun Burn
When anyone gets too much exposure to the ultraviolet rays of sun, it results
in sunburn in children as well as adults. It makes the skin appear red and of
dark complexion as well as make the skin look flaky at times.
If your child is suffering from sun burn, apply moisturizer on the skin. A
mixture of aloe Vera gel and mint will also help reduce the pain and burning
sensation and help her recover fast. You can also spray cold water on the area
or make her take bath in oatmeal.
The best way to prevent sun burn is not to let your child go out in sun for
longer hours. However, this is not possible always. So, make her apply
sunscreen lotion in the areas that are not covered with clothing. You can also
prevent sun burn by wearing full length and full sleeves clothes made of cotton
Summer brings itself hot and long days and this is the time when keeping
children indoors for long is not possible. However, if you take some
precautions and keep your child on nutritious diet and lots of fluid in summer,
you can save her from getting ill this summer.
Most of the children are picky eaters. It is
practically difficult to make kids eat healthy food because if kids do not like
any food, they will not have it. Read on to learn how you can make your kids
eat without forcing them.
Parents know that eating healthy food is a major
step towards leading a long and happier life. But the main problem is how to
make kids eat healthy food readily. Children are usually interested to have the
familiar food types – the sugary white starches and the salty snacks.
For many parents, mealtimes are stressful and
the dining table becomes almost a battlefield. However, there are ways with the
help of which you can make your kids eat as healthy as you.
Tips to Make Kids eat Without Forcing Them
Have a quick look at the 12 tips to make your
kids eat without forcing them.
1. Set an Example
The best way to make your kids eat properly and
everything is to show them your way of eating. Children follow the eating
pattern of their parents. If they will see you eating healthy food, they will follow suit.
2. Check the Food Supply
Children eat what they know. If they know that
they will get their favourite food if they refused to eat the meal, they will
never eat healthy food. On the other hand, kids would not ask for special meal
if they knew it was not an option.
3. Make Eating Time a Fun
Kids love to play and like games. Relate healthy
foods to fun things or cartoon characters your child already loves and turn the
mealtime into a game. This is a great way to make your kids get some green down
4. Structure Mealtimes
Mealtimes should be family affair. Create a set
time and place for meals and make them family experience. Studies show that
family meals improve the health and general well-being of children especially
adolescents. This will also save them from choosing unhealthy food option because they are not left to eat
5. Restrict Snacking Between Mealtimes
Snacking between mealtimes is one of the biggest
problems that make children not eat proper and healthy meals. If your child
knows that she is not going to have any snacks till morning after dinner, she will never
skip the dinner.
6. Let Children Have Their Choices
Children love to eat food of their choices. You
can make one of the favourites of your child sometimes along with a healthy
meal so that your child feels herself important and special. Let her make her
choice within the healthier options and prepare that for dinner.
7. Restrict Buying Junk Food
Remember, the first rule of healthy eating is to
eliminate the temptation. If you do not purchase unhealthy food, you
automatically restrict access to the problem.
8. Engage Your Kids in Meal Preparation
Children readily have something that they have
seen with their eyes and about which they know. Engage your kids when preparing
meals or at least at the time of serving it. Take them to the grocery store and
let them pick one or more things so that you can make them for dinner. You will
find them very excited when eating that food.
9. Do not Force Them to Finish the Plate
One of the biggest mistakes that parents make is
to threat or bribe their children to finish their plate. They think this will
change their behaviour or by forcing them to eat they will let their child develop taste
for the specific food. However, bad feelings about food and negative meal
experiences are created due to punishing kids and fighting with them to correct
their eating habits.
10. Reward Good Eating Habits
Rewarding your children for taking at least one
bite of the food they rejected earlier will encourage them to have another.
They are likely to like the food in future.
11. Understand your Child’s Value
Children do not care much about health and so if
you tell them about healthy food, they will not understand. On the other hand
if you try to motivate kids by telling them that the food they are eating will
make them big and stronger, it might work wonders.
12. Get Creative With Food
Cook different vegetables separately and serve
them designed in the plates of your children. They are simply going to love it.
If you make the shape of heart or make smiley with the food times, they will
enjoy their food.
The above tips are definitely going to help you
make your kids eat healthy food without forcing them. But you must understand
the fact that some children will be more difficult than others. You will
require more effort and patience dealing with them. If it is late, remember
that you are not going to change your child’s eating habits overnight.
However, experts are of the opinion that habits
developed at an early age remain with the children till adulthood. So, try to
start offering healthy food to your child as early as possible. Even if your
child is a little bigger now, you can make a start, after all. Expose your
children to healthy foods in a positive way.