It is the eleventh month of the year, which means it is the onset of winters. While winters in India aren’t as harsh as compared to its Western counterparts like Canada and USA, yet we need to be ready for the winter season.
Most moms worry during season change as it is during this time only when children fall sick to different kinds of cold and cough. Season transition to winters also means covering and layering up so as to provide against the dry and harsh winter conditions. The arrival of winters also marks a change in food patterns, going out at a specific time of the day and shorter days and longer nights.
What is even more troubling in the northern part of India before the onset of winters is the harmful and toxic smog which envelopes some of the major cities. The smog is mainly due to stubble burning by the farmers as well as pollution caused by crackers during Diwali. Over the past couple of years, the smog situation has only worsened during this time of the year. It is because of this situation, that children are falling sick and developing asthma-like symptoms. Thus it is also important to consider these factors in mind as well
Presenting some tips on getting your family and home ready for winters:
1.PREPARE AND BRACE YOURSELF FROM SMOG
While smog is not what applies to a majority of families, but its presence is slowly increasing in most cities such as Beijing and New Delhi. While it is the first harmful effect to humans which was brought primarily due to the industrial revolution, but what is adding onto it is the callous nature of humans towards the degrading environment. This, in turn, is causing different kinds of allergies in both kids as well as adults. Sneezing, redness of eyes and contact coughing are just some of the few symptoms.
In order to brace yourselves and your family, buying an N-95 mask is a very good option whenever you step out of your place. However, it is strictly advised to stay indoors until the smog settles down.
2. FOODS WHICH KEEP YOU WARM
As much as we hate winters, because there is so much to layer up, we adore it for the variety of foods we get to eat in winter. It is also a time when you need to include foods to your child’s diet which provide warmth. Include a lot of nuts which are an excellent source of vitamins and which are also considered warm foods. Soups, fresh green vegetables are also good options which can’t be missed.
3. LAYERING UP(SORTING THE WARDROBE )
It is now time to pack those shorts, and sleeveless tops and paves way for heavy woolen jackets, mufflers, caps, and thermals. Kids should be kept extra warm, by adding multiple layers for the protection against the cold windy weather. Thermals are a great way to start layering and are thus helpful in keeping the body warm.
4. INCLUDE IMMUNITY BOOSTING FOODS
The onset of winters or any season, in particular, sees a sudden spurt of cold, cough and different kinds of nasal allergies among kids. Thus including foods which aid in immunity increase should be considered a crucial routine once the winters kick in. Try include eggs, lean meats, green leafy vegetables and nuts in ample quantity to build the immunity in its most natural form.