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5 common summer infections among toddlers

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01/6​​Common summer infections in kids​

The infamous hot and scorching Indian summer is almost here, which means it’s time for parents to be alert about infections that can affect toddlers. The combination of intense heat and humidity along with increased outdoor activity can result in several health-related problems. While heat stroke, fatigue, and exhaustion are common in adults, there are a few specific ailments that can affect children in the hot weather.

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02/6​Gastrointestinal infections

Gastrointestinal infections like food poisoning and viral gastroenteritis are more common in summer because there is a higher chance of consuming contaminated food and water, especially for toddlers. To prevent such infections, it is important to practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently and ensuring that you are drinking water from safe and clean sources.

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03/6​​Insect bites and stings​

According to Dr. Suresh Gowda, Consultant – Pediatrician and Neonatologist, Motherhood Hospitals, HRBR Layout, Bangalore, “Insects like mosquitoes, ants, and bees are more active during the summer months, increasing the chance of toddlers getting insect bites and stings. These bites can cause itching, swelling, pain, and allergic reactions. To protect kids, use insect repellents made for children, dress them in long sleeves and pants when outdoors, and avoid areas with stagnant water where insects usually breed.”

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04/6​​Fungal infections​

Summers are known for their intense humidity and sweating which can cause fungal infections. Underarms, body folds, and the groin area are some of the common regions that are affected. Maintaining good hygiene is important to prevent such infections.

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05/6​​Heat rash​

Also known as prickly heat, heat rash is a common skin condition that occurs when sweat ducts are blocked, leading to red, itchy bumps on the skin. Toddlers are more prone to a heat rash because of their underdeveloped sweat glands. To prevent this, parents should dress toddlers in loose, breathable clothing, keep them in well-ventilated spaces, and encourage frequent baths.

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06/6​​Sunburn​

Sunburn is a common summer ailment caused by prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Toddlers have sensitive skin that can burn easily and to protect them from sunburn, apply sunscreen with high SPF, dress them in clothes that cover exposed skin, and limit outdoor activities during peak hours.

While summertime is all about holidays and having fun outdoors, it is also equally important for parents to be more aware of common seasonal ailments and take precautions to protect their kids.

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