A festival of lights is slowly turning into a festival of smoke. Diwali for kids with respiratory problems has become the worst nightmare. They want to celebrate and enjoy the festival, but can’t. The polluted air doesn’t permit them.
Although trends are changing and many people opt for eco-friendly and organic ways to celebrate, still, much needs to be done.
However, as a parent of a kid with a respiratory problem, what can you do to ensure a safe Diwali for him?
Because it’s neither possible to keep the child away from the festive spree, nor just.
Take these measures to ensure good health and safe Diwali for kids with respiratory problems.
I. Environmental measures
They comprise reducing your contribution to air pollution and minimising the exposure for children.
Mind you, the keyword here is “MINIMISE” as you can’t cut the exposure altogether.
Never burn waste-compost food, garden items, organic waste etc. Recycle the organic waste and dispose the remaining waste at adequate places.
Check the efficiency of your room heaters and cooking stoves. Install an air purifier in the house and avoid room fresheners.
Get your vehicles checked for emission of black carbon and other particulate matter.
Limit the child’s outdoor activities to times when pollution levels are minimal.
Use an air filter mask when sending your kids to school or for playing outdoors. In addition, drive your cars with the windows closed.
II. The Medical measures are
Consult your physician if your child experiences any of these symptoms- burning in eyes, coughing, breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, fatigue, frequent headache, nausea, palpitation, and difficulty in concentration.
Be regular with your child’s medicines if any
The most important aspect that contributes to the health of your child is what he eats. But today, mothers have to cope with the tantrums of their little ones. Be smart with your cooking skills to feed them what they need.
- Inculcate green leafy vegetables in their diet in the form of vegetable sandwiches and soups.
- Ensure 1-2 servings of fruits daily like apples, guava, oranges, etc.
- Use olive oil or mustard oil for cooking food.
- Nuts like almonds, cashews, and walnuts should be a part of your kid’s snack rather than French fries and potato chips.
- Give whole grain cereals like oats and cornflakes in the breakfast.
- Add a pinch of turmeric to his daily glass of milk.
- Keep him hydrated with 6-8 glasses of water daily.
- Butter, yogurt, ice-cream, refined carbohydrates, processed food, and carbonated beverages should not find entry to your kitchen.
These measures ensure a safe Diwali for kids by safeguarding them from pollution and giving them a strong immunity to fight the situation with flying colours.
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