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11 tips to keep kids healthy this summer

Child having fun in the water under the hot sun

11 tips to keep kids healthy this summer

Come summer holidays and a mother’s responsibilities double up. She not only needs to keep her kids inside the house but also keep kids  away from health complications arising in the hot season. And, so here are 11 tips to keep kids healthy this summer. Hope you like these summer tips:

Treat nose bleeds: Although they are not alarming unless they occur frequently, they can be quite scary for a child. My little brother would get frequent nosebleeds during summer. Here’s a few tips from my mommy to make the nosebleed stop:

  • Make your child sit on a chair and tilt his head slightly forward.
  • Rub ice over his nose and cheeks.
  • Fold a big napkin, keep it under the nose and apply pressure at the sides of the nose.
  • Rub some Vaseline or castor oil inside the nose but only once the bleeding stops.

Keep kids hydrated: Kids lose a lot of fluids while playing out in the heat. And they are so busy playing that they don’t even realise that they are thirsty. This becomes a big challenge for mothers. Usually, when my little one goes down to play, I give her a water bottle so that she can drink whenever she feels thirsty.

Also, kids like to have interesting options. So give them nimbu pani, coconut water, buttermilk, aam panna, khus khus water, kokum sherbet.

Keep their bodies cool: One of the most important summer tips is to keep the little bodies cool. I am not suggesting you keep them confined to an air-conditioned room. Try it, that won’t work for much longer. The best thing is to give kids certain foods that keep their body temperature down.

While growing up in Ahmedabad which is known for its hot climate all the year round, my mom used to give us raw mango panna and raw mango chutney to beat the extremely hot winds called ‘loo’.

Recipe for raw mango chutney:

Grate 1 raw mango and 1 medium-sized onion (you may even finely chop them). Add jaggery, salt, red chilli powder to it and mix it well. It tastes awesome with chapatti.

Give your child gulkand (rose petal sweet concoction) or soak 5 black raisins in water overnight and give it to your child every morning.

Here are a few summer tips to stay cool that the Headmistress of my school shared with us before every summer holidays. These are excellent Ayurveda tips that teach you how to stay cool on a hot day:

  • A few times a day, pour cold (from earthen pot) water on your child’s pulse points like on the wrists, inside of the elbows and behind the knees.
  • Whenever your child comes back home from outside, ask him to splash cold water in his eyes and face. Some kids experience burning sensation in the eyes due to excessive heat. This will help.
  • Cotton is the keyword. Make your child wear loose cotton clothes. It helps keep them cool and allows free circulation of air.
  • Bathe your kid in neem water for prickly heat. Soak neem leaves in water overnight and boil them the next morning.
  • Always soak mangoes in water for 20-30 minutes prior to cutting and serving.
  • Keep your child indoors (I know it’s difficult) from 12 to 5 in the afternoon as the sun is at its worst during those hours.
  • Avoid making your child have sugarcane juice, ice lollies (golas) at dubious places.
  • Make sure your child doesn’t drink or eat chilled things immediately after coming from outside. It may lead to sore throat.
Child having fun in the sea under the hot sun

11 tips to keep kids healthy this summer

Girl having fun in the fields under the hot sun during summer

11 tips to keep kids healthy this summer

These are 11 tips to keep kids healthy this summer. Do you have some more summer tips for kids to stay cool? Feel free to share them here.

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9 Comments

  1. bizigal

    I like these tips to stay cold…but why should people soak mangoes overnight? I am curious?
    Thanks

    • Hi, there are a few theories around it. Mangoes produce heat in the body as it is a hot fruit by nature. So by soaking mangoes in water, water absorbs its heat-producing qualities. So when we finally consume mangoes, they don’t generate heat or blisters in the body. A second theory is that mangoes are high-fiber fruits that do not get easily absorbed in the blood stream and hence cause indigestion problems. By soaking them in water, it helps in dissolving all the harmful gas producing elements in the fruit and you can enjoy mangoes without the fear of excessive gas formation after having it.

      Hope this was useful.

  2. bizigal

    Mama…I had no idea mangoes were such a versatile fruit! I will try putting them in the water for a cool fruit in the summer. It is almost our summer and soon these mangoes will be in season. Thanks for the tip!

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  4. Great info. Most parents have the kids tilt back for nosebleeds. I hope you haven’t seen this already, that I’m not troubling you. Thought you’d take to it:

    http://holisticwayfarer.com/2013/07/01/first-aid-from-my-apothecary-bumps-bugs-cuts-poison-sun/

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    • Thanks for visiting my blog and taking out the time to comment. I visited your blog and loved it. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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