Climate change is an issue that is a growing threat to mankind and it is our little ones who pay the biggest price. Come to terms with the fact that climate change is very real. Due to the lack of importance given to a child’s health, we would see a generation of people with poor health conditions because of the negligence they face today.
Children are physically, mentally, and emotionally dependent on us adults to fend for them. We are required to be well-informed and well-equipped in handling and providing care and guidance to our children when it comes to climate change. In order to do so, a bit of education on the topic of discussion is necessary.
Some of the most common issues we deal with in our daily lives are pollution, low-quality fluids, and adulteration in the food supply. It is always wise to be aware of the problem before we jump into finding a cure.
6 Tips to Keep Children Healthy During Climate Changes
Here are six tips on how and where we should start in order to keep the children healthy and safe.
1. Immediate Attention to Common Illness
Despite it being a slight temperate or an attack of the common cold, the condition needs to be addressed professionally. It has become a common phenomenon to self-diagnose with the assistance of the freehanded information that is available online. We are handling a child’s life here and a wrong diagnosis can lead to severe, damaging consequences to the child. Therefore, professional assistance is required despite the lack of severity of the issue. Always seek the advice of a Doctor.
2. Limited Exposure to the Sun
In times of heat waves and high temperatures, it is always important to watch a child’s exposure to the sun as the consequences are almost immediate. It is necessary for the child to receive the required dosage of vitamin D but excess exposure due to the hazardous UV rays is harmful to our children. Limited exposure to the sun from sunrise until 9 AM is safe and a little bit of child-friendly sunscreen lotion and protective clothing should do the trick as well.
3. Fluids Free of Contamination
Our drinking water may be free of discolouration and odour, but is it really as free of contamination as we think? Our only consolation is that our RO water filters are doing a good job. But sit back and ask yourself when was the last time you had it serviced and cleaned. Therefore, making sure the child has access to clean water is of high importance. Keep all drinkware clean and free of bacterial contamination.
4. Hygienic Environment
Keeping a safe and hygienic environment is a must in the presence of children. With the increase in lack of a healthy immune system, these children are at a constant threat to illness. Clearing of stagnant water, access to a clean sanitary system and basic sanitary provisions such as clean water and napkins are necessary.
5. Healthy Diet
When children experience climate changes they are prone to illness due to a weak immune system, therefore, a healthy diet should be a constant part of the child’s life. Handling situations temporarily might bring relief and would disappear as fast as the relief brought but if your main concern here is to bring up a healthy and independent child then a well-planned and healthy diet should become his/her lifestyle.
6. Providing Basic Education to Children
Although adults are constantly monitoring children it is essential that they are educated on how they ought to take care of themselves in the absence of an adult or a lack of full supervision. Constant reminders of basic self-hygiene such as keeping one’s hands clean, nails free form dirt, clean clothing, etc., should be given. These constant reminders over a period of time become a habit thus, leading the child to safe and hygienic adulthood. A bit of education on damage control and post-trauma after natural calamities in limited dosages give children the ability to cope and rebuild after situations.
Although humans have played a major role in causing the chaotic climate condition, we still need to survive these attacks despite the cause. On realizing its effects and making a conscious effort working around these changes will be of great benefit to the children as well as the caregivers. Since the climate at the moment is unpredictable, stay warm, eat healthily and stay safe.
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