A warm cup of tea, a great book to read and some peace, all while you listen to the pitter-patter of raindrops against the windowpane. Sounds like heaven, doesn't it?
Sniffling children, mosquito bites and stomach aches, feel a little more familiar?
The monsoons, as beautiful as they are, come with baggage. Being prepared this monsoon will save you the trouble of having to deal with unwell children later in the season.
Stagnant pools of water are a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can spread diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya. Make sure you scan your garden and areas around the house where water can pool and gather. Keep changing the water in your cooler and swap out the water you keep out for stray dogs and birds frequently. If you have a fish pond outdoors, consider having it fitted with a water purifier pump, to avoid having to manually change the water frequently. Use natural mosquito repellents in the house and spray yourself and your family well before stepping out. Place diffusers with citronella oil in different parts of the house, especially bathrooms, to repel pesky mosquitoes.
Discourage your children from stepping out into the rain without wearing a raincoat or carrying an umbrella. Make sure they wear shoes which keep their feet warm and dry. If they do manage to get wet, ensure they change into dry and warm clothes soon after entering the house. Add a capful of antibacterial liquid to your children's bathwater to ensure they are clean and germ-free. This is the season to catch a chill easily, make sure your children dry their hair well after a bath and wear loose-fitting clothes, preferably made of natural fibres like cotton and linen.
The weather is perfect for hot pakoras and other deep-fried snacks. Skip stepping out of the house to eat and try and make these snacks at home. The warm, moist weather is perfect for bacteria that can settle in your stomach and cause infections.
Regardless of how trusted a restaurant is, try to stop eating out and cook fresh food every day. Avoid reheating food too many times and cook smaller amounts of food fresh each day. It's best to steer clear of raw vegetables, so load up on healthy and wholesome vegetable soups instead!