With winter having arrived in most parts of India, it is essential to take care of your child's health. Here are a few winter care tips for your child.
By Malini Gopalakrishnan
Winter’s here and it’s time to dig out the sweaters and stock up on soup and hot chocolate. Use these tips from Dr Virender Kumar, Paediatrician and Senior Consultant, at Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute to help your child relish the season by staying warm and safe.
What makes us all so prone to flu in winter? Research points to a combination of factors. If we are ill-protected, our body loses heat, becomes weak and hence is more prone to infections. Some researchers even attribute lack of sunshine to the lowered immune system.
The flu virus thrives more in winter as compared to summer. While there is little you can do to stop the flu, the following measures can help your child stay cosy and healthy:
With these simple tips you can keep your child heathy and happy this winter season. For, the only warmth known to parents’ hearts is the sight of the little bundle bubbling with joy, all safe and snug!
Myth #1: You should not have curd during winter
Fact: It is a very common misconception that eating curd during winter can make you sick. The fact is that curd contains probiotics and bacteria, which are extremely helpful in building a strong immune system.
Myth #2: Being outside for long can give you a common cold.
Fact: It should be remembered that virus and bacteria are the main causes of viral infections. When it comes to common cold, germs are the root cause and not the cold weather itself. It is only when you come in contact with a flu virus, you will catch cold. That could happen outside or even when you are indoors. Having said that, cold winds could lead to certain types of illnesses. An NIH study conducted in the US suggests that dry winter air allows the flu virus to thrive, survive and transmit. Therefore, it is a good idea not to spend too much time outdoors during winter.
Myth #3: Covering the head during winter is enough to keep you warm
Fact: Yes, it is true that we lose more heat through our head. But, you do not lose heat through the head alone. The body as a whole needs protection from the winter.
Myth #4: There is no need to use sunscreen in winter
Fact: Sunscreen is not only an anti-tan cream but also a shield against the harmful sun rays. Ironically, the sun is closest to the earth during winter. Cold temperatures tend to leave the skin really dry and that gives the harmful UV rays easy access to your skin. So, go ahead and smear it up during winter.
Additional inputs from Dr Arvind Aggarwal, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, Delhi.
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