Virus in the air!

In monsoon, it not only rains water but rains illnesses too. I am sure most mothers would agree to me. It’s been hell of a season this time. Though my daughter till date has escaped with only cold and cough a couple of times, her other friends and schoolmates have not been that lucky. Every day I hear one or the other child falling prey to the viruses.

tulsi - home remedy for virus

Though it’s the end of the rainy season, the viruses are still lurking in the air and attacking little helpless kids with low immunity. Yes, mothers its your child’s low immunity that makes him or her an easy target for the cold and infections. If your child regularly eats out, drink un-boiled or un-filtered water, eats a lot of junk food, drinks soda or packaged juices with food colours, etc, she may be prone to infections.

Just imagine that we had never heard of Hand, Foot and Mouth viral infection or dengue while growing up. Had you seen a child taking nebuliser regularly in your childhood days?

No, never. Then why is it that doctors today recommend nebulisers to kids?

I am a big believer of kitchen remedies and hence prefer giving things from the kitchen to my daughter than medicines. I regularly give her Tulsi (Holy Basil) water while my cooking involves asafoetida, ajwain and jeera for her good digestion.

Through a What’sApp message, I got some tips on improving your child’s immunity. It’s recommended by Dhvani Shah, Child nutritionist & author. Though I haven’t verified the source, she has spoken nothing that we don’t already know about. It’s just that most of us have forgotten to practise it.

Sharing with you Dhvani’s list of immune boosting food for your child

  • Jeera (caraway seeds), lemon, mint, turmeric, ajwain, tulsi, ginger, garlic
  • Green leafy vegetables especially methi (fenugreek), spring onion leaves & spinach
  • Tomatoes, beetroot, orange and pumpkin
  • Grapes, berries, plums, prunes and citrus fruits like orange, sweet lime, kiwi
  • Yoghurt, sprouts

yogurt - natural remedy for virus

Why use food and not medicine to boost the immune responses?

Food is the simplest drug available to man-kind without a prescription. Food can act as an antibiotic, anti-bacterial, anti- infective agent that keeps your child disease-free.
Unlike vaccinations and medicines, food is the best immunity food for kids. When given natural forms of immunity foods, the body accepts it as a part of its own and uses it to the optimum. On the other hand, medicines and vaccines are foreign substances to the body and make the body’s natural immunity weaker, making your child more susceptible to infections in the long run.

HOME REMEDIES

FOR COLD – 1 tsp ginger juice + 1 pinch turmeric + 1/2 tsp honey at bedtime
FOR COUGH – 1/2 tsp turmeric powder + 1/2 tsp candy sugar (mishri) powder
FOR FEVER – pumpkin soup

FOR DIGESTION – 1 tsp ajwain + 1 pinch of salt

Don’t keep your child indoors in the fear that she will get an infection. Remember, a child will never build her natural immunity if she is confined to the safety of his home. The more a child is let out in the open, exposed to the natural weather, fed with a variety of foods; the more she will be grow to be a stronger individual.

Lastly, if your child is suffering from any kind of infection; whether severe cold and cough, Hand food mouth infection or conjunctivitis (pink eye), please refrain from sending her/him to the school/playground till the doctor suggests. It helps in containing the disease.

Hope Dhvani’s tips help you and your child.

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How to keep your child healthy this monsoon?

I love rains. Well, initially at least. After being tortured by scorching heat and unrelenting humidity for 4 months, who wouldn’t welcome those cold drops of water falling from the heaven, the scent of the earth and the clean and green surroundings? But much as I appreciate the cooler climes, I also know that monsoon is the harbinger of many illnesses and health problems.

Let’s see the most common health problems and how to keep your child healthy this monsoon:

Digestion: Because of near-absence of sunlight, our digestive system is at the weakest during the rainy season. No wonder people observe fast for these four months. Much as we feel like having fried pakodas, vada pavs and chaat, it’s like an open invitation to health problems.

How to keep your child healthy this monsoon?

  • Add ginger, asafoetida and ajwain (Oregano) to your regular cooking. Not only they power appetite but also aid digestion.
  • Cut ginger into julienne. Squeeze a generous amount of lemon juice, a pinch of salt and finely cut green chillies. Now shake well and put it in the refrigerator. Eat a little along with meals.
  • Boil ajwain leaves in water. Only a couple of leaves are enough. Tip: Bring an ajwain plant. Ajwain is very easy to plant and grows tremendously fast.
  • Add asafoetida in all dals and legumes.
  • Give your child a bowl of yogurt every day.
  • Avoid rich, fried and spicy food.
  • Avoid green, leafy vegetables or wash them thoroughly before use.

Cold and cough: An adventurous shower in the rains might lead to cold and cough in your kids. It’s a sign of weak immunity.

  • Tulsi (Holy Basil) is your saviour. Boil tulsi leaves in water and give this water daily to your child. If you suffer from low immunity, then it might be a good idea for you to have it too. But remember, you can’t build immunity in a day. It’s a long process. So start now.

How to keep your child healthy this monsoon?

Worms: A child can get infected by worms in any season but in the monsoon, there are heightened chances of getting infected with tapeworms, roundworms and pinworms.

  • Asking your child to maintain proper hygiene is a big step towards fighting worms.
  • Always wear shoes whenever the child steps out of home.
  • Wash their hands and feet every time they come home.
  • Avoid uncooked food from outside; especially fruits, salads, juices and street food.
  • Boil neem leaves in water. Now bathe your child with this water a couple of times in the week.
  • If your child is complaining of tummy ache or vomiting, you’d better rush to a doctor.
  • Ask your doctor for de-worming your child.

I now realize that these tips are not for kids alone. Even adults can benefit from it.

Do you have more tips that can benefit all of us? Please share.