Monsoon brings along with it the shower of happiness and joy. At the same time, it can also lead to health problems like cold, cough, fever, gastroenteritis, jaundice, diarrhoea, malaria and so on. Do not allow children to play in the puddle, as there can be a risk of leptospirosis. Use mosquito repellents, creams and nets if you live in mosquito-prone areas or places with stagnant water.
Keep the kids away from chaat, spicy and fried foods like pakoras, pre-cut fruits and juices from roadside vendors. While eating out, choose restaurants that conform to basic standards of quality and hygiene, in order to avoid contracting serious infections such as viral fever, diarrhoea and other water borne diseases. Drink boiled and filtered water. Make sure to consume boiled water within 24 hours. Stay hydrated, as it will help to flush out all the toxins, including germs and bacteria.
Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Go for non-leafy vegetables such as gourd vegetables — snake gourd(pawal), bottle gourd(dudhi), apple gourd( tinda), bitter gourd(karela), cluster beans, French beans and yam. Eat seasonal fruits like banana, apple, litchi, cherry and pomegranate, as the non- seasonal fruits may get infested with worms.
Eat hot cooked food. Include foods like garlic, asafoetida (hing), jeera powder, lemon, coriander, pepper, turmeric, basil, to enhance the immunity and digestion. Have soups with lots of veggies added to it. Soups provide instant relief from cold and cough, since its warm base clears up phlegm in the nasal cavities and general throat area. Make tomato basil, mix veg or lemongrass with ginger soup. Avoid uncooked food, raw salads and sprouts. Steam the veggies and sprouts before consuming them. Non-vegetarians should opt for lighter preparations like soups, stews, tandoori and grilled and sautéed veggies, rather than heavy curries.
Follow these guidelines to keep your kid’s health troubles at bay
- Moong dal is easy to digest. Hot freshly prepared moong dal khichdi with curd is perfect for this season. Rice and dal combination makes it a good quality complete protein. It is also easy to digest.
- Daily consumption of freshly prepared curd is recommended as they are a good probiotic and strengthen gut health and boost immunity.
- For yoghurt parfait, tie some curd in a muslin cloth and leave it hanging for at least 3-4 hours or till all the water drains out. After this time period, pressure is applied to the bundle to squeeze out all the water. And the hung curd is ready. Grate a fruit of your choice in the curd. Crush nuts on the top. Refrigerate it and have it.
Healthy snacking options:
- Corn on cob
- Corn chaat with steamed sprouts and veggies
- Boiled sprouts/chana
- Moong dal bhel
- Nachni porridge
- Nachni dosa
- Moong dal appams/dosa
- Corn fritters/appams made in appam makers
- Steamed dumplings
- Tikkis made from rajma, chickpeas and moong
- Boiled/roasted sweet potato with curd
- Steamed muthias
- Idli sambhar
- Boiled groundnuts
The author is a Founder and Director- Nurture Health Solutions and LEC Member-Indian Dietetic Association