We all look forward to the summer break so that we can take a break from the mundane routine and mad rush of the school year.
For children it's a well-deserved time for frolic and fun after a year's hard work at school. Summer treats children with special delicacies (read mangoes and ice cream) and ample opportunities for adventure (read mischief). It is important to ensure good health so that children can enjoy summer to the hilt. At the same time, some illnesses may crop up despite the best precautions, and this article gives you tips to manage such events.
Health challenges due to summer
The summer vacation is the time when most families travel to visit extended family or explore new places. Children are attracted by many unique programmes to learn new skills and unravel hidden talents. At the same time many of us are worried about the challenges that the hot weather brings - high environmental temperature, humidity, emergence of allergies and infections along with dangers from outdoor play activities. In this aspect being forewarned is being forearmed. So let me outline some of the common health challenges and strategies to manage them.
Common summer ailments in children include
• Heat-related illnesses
• Skin ailments
• Digestion ailments diarrhoea and food poisoning
• Viral infections
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