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Winter Care and Fun with Toddlers

December 3, 2020
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Bringing up toddlers is one of the most challenging and fun activities parents deal with. However, toddlers are always at high risk of contracting infections and diseases. This is because their body is yet in a developing phase and the body’s defence mechanism is not totally ready yet. Besides, winter is a time when toddlers require special care and attention as the infants are highly prone to diseases like pneumonia, fever, and cold etc. during winters.

Winter care for toddlers:

Protecting your child from cold and flu viruses is extremely important during the winter season. Infections like viral pneumonia are quite common in winters (pneumonia is the single largest infectious cause of death in infants worldwide) and toddlers need to be guarded against it. Here are a few tips to protect your toddler in cold weather:

  • Layer up: dress your child up in multiple layers of clothes. Ensure that the toddler’s hands, neck, and head are well covered and make them wear one extra layer of clothing than what an adult would wear.
  • Maintain hygiene: make sure that the toddler washes his or her hands regularly, especially after outdoor activity, or after using a toilet, and before eating anything. It is one of the most effective ways to get rid of cold and flu bugs.
  • If your toddler spends time at daycare facilities or preschools, maintaining hygiene is even more important. Schools or daycare facilities are a breeding ground for transmission of cold and flu among children. Teach your child how to maintain hygiene while in such places (washing hands regularly, avoid touching eyes or nose, avoid contact with infected person etc.).
  • Boost the child’s immunity: make sure your child eats a variety of immunity-building healthy and warm food during winters. Also, ensure that your child gets sufficient sleep and is physically active. You can also talk to your paediatrician for diet tips for your child.
  • Vaccination: the single most important and effective way to avoid various illnesses and infections is to get your toddler vaccinated. Talk to your paediatrician about your child’s immunization schedule and do not miss even a single vaccine.

To Know More: Protecting Your Children From Germs This Winter

Vaccination for toddlers:

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect your toddlers against various infections and even life-threatening diseases. Vaccination or immunization is a simple way to create immunity against various diseases. In vaccination, a small amount of weakened or killed diseases-causing microorganism is injected into the body, thus training the immune system to effectively fight infection if the microorganism really enters the body in the future. All over the world, toddlers are vaccinated for various infections and diseases, and the schedule of vaccination varies slightly depending on the place you live, child’s health, and various other factors. In India, some of the vaccinations are given to toddlers are:

  • BCG
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis vaccine
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine

Besides, there are various other vaccinations too like PCV boosters etc. which are administered to toddlers. Talk to your paediatrician about the exact immunization schedule of your toddler. And do not miss even a single immunization shot as it is essential to prevent various life-threatening infections and diseases.To Know More: Vaccination Rulebook

Importance of a paediatrician:

Paediatricians are doctors who specialize in medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. They look after and maintain a record of your child’s physical, mental, and emotional development. Paediatricians are skilled in taking care of your child’s health and track his or her development very closely, which a general practitioner may not be able to. A paediatrician will ensure your child gets all the required vaccinations at the correct time. Besides, the paediatrician will also check if your child’s development in all dimensions (physical, mental, behavioural, emotional) reaches required milestones or not. A paediatrician will also diagnose and treat your child’s illnesses or infections and refer to another specialist if needed. Hence, it is important to consult a paediatrician to track your child’s growth and development and ensure a healthy and happy childhood. Cloudnine is one of the leading hospitals in the country when it comes to pediatric and child care. At Cloudnine, we provide a wide array of facilities and a diverse range of specialists to provide your child with the best possible treatment. We maintain international standards of pediatric care and we are one of the few hospitals in the country to provide a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). At Cloudnine Hospitals, we are dedicated to providing you and your child with the best treatment and care.

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