The monsoon is here. During this rainy season, it is essential to safeguard your child against a host of illnesses. And, the best way is by ensuring she drinks only boiled water.
By Ashwin Dewan
Do you give your child water that has been boiled and cooled? Many of us underestimate the importance of boiling water for drinking purposes. With the monsoon already upon us, we need to be extra careful, as this is the season when children often fall ill because of water-borne diseases.
Water that is not boiled contains several bacteria and viruses. Also, during the monsoon season, water is at a high risk of contamination. Therefore, consuming water that is not boiled can result in many health problems. And, children, especially, are vulnerable to a host of diseases as their immune system is not fully developed.
Boiling water is one way to stay free from diseases as this process helps remove germs from the water. When it comes to making baby formula, it is advisable to use only boiled water.
Let us look at a few aspects of boiling water.
What is the boiling point of water?
It is about 100℃ at sea level.
How does boiling water make it safe for consumption?
When you boil water, the process kills off bacteria and viruses present in the water. These bacteria and viruses can cause problems in the digestive and respiratory systems, and result in many illnesses and water-borne diseases such as jaundice, dysentery, cholera, typhoid and gastroenteritis. Boiled water especially offers protection from seasonal infections.
What is the appropriate way to boil and purify water?
According to the World Health Organization's website, here's how water should be boiled:
'The water should be brought to a ‘rolling’ boil and held there for between 1 minute at sea level and 3 minutes at high altitudes.'
After boiling water, you can allow it to cool before consuming it.
In case you are unable to boil water (especially while travelling), you can use good quality bottled water or use water purification tablets to purify the water.
Not just boiled and cooled water, you can also encourage your child to drink water that is warm (make sure you boil the water well before cooling it slightly). Here are some benefits of warm water:
Water forms an important part of the human diet. And drinking boiled water has many benefits. Not only does boiled water protect you from many diseases, but it is good for overall health. So, go ahead and make water that has been boiled a part of your daily diet.
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