Lockdown Solutions in the time of COVID-19
We are over 2-3 weeks into the lockdown and it will probably go on for a while. Despite the partial lift, it could be challenging for you to deal with health and sanitisation issues at home, especially if you have a baby. The shortage of essentials and the peaking summer season have many parents looking for solutions they can easily implement. It is better not to take chances when it comes to your munchkin’s and your own health.
But, what happens if you cannot get what you want? Say you cannot visit a paediatrician, go to the gym, or the products you need are always out of stock. Well, fret not. We have some effective solutions/home remedies that can help you tackle issues like baby health, sanitisation, weight loss, etc. at home. With these tips, you will have a unique summer lockdown story to share with your friends and family. Let’s get straight to it then.
Solutions for Baby Health
Quarantining parents have had a tough time visiting their baby’s paediatrician for minor ailments during the lockdown. Of course, for severe health conditions, you must seek medical aid; however, some ailments are very common during the summer season and can be taken care of at home with simple remedies such as the ones given below.
1. Baby Cough and Cold
The health of your baby mostly depends on her immunity, which needs its own time to develop. One thing you can do to boost your little one’s immunity is to follow a scheduled diet. Nonetheless, she can still catch a cold or have a cough, even during summers. Try these home remedies to tackle baby cough and cold.
- Hydrate your little one and do not cut down her fluid intake. This remedy will help you maintain your baby’s water levels, which is needed during the summers more than ever, and keep cough, cold and dry/sore throat at bay.
- If your baby is troubled with nasal and chest congestion, steam can help clear the congestion and ease her breathing. Run a hot bath in the bathroom and hold your baby for about five minutes. The steam will open up her congested airways.
- For a runny or a blocked nose, use saline (salt water) and suction (nasal aspirator) to clear her nasal passage.
- If you’ve introduced your child to water, give her lukewarm water to soothe the cough. She might resist warm/lukewarm water in summers, but it will help soothe the throat.
- If milk and turmeric is a part of her diet now, you can add a tiny pinch of turmeric to a cup (100 ml) of boiling milk and simmer it a bit. Add sugar if needed. Let it cool for a while and feed this warm turmeric milk to your little one to bring about some relief from cough and cold.
- Maintain the temperature of your baby’s room. If your child’s been sweating a lot, ensure she doesn’t remain in the damp clothes as it increases the chances of her catching a cold.
If your baby is breastfeeding, first of all, you must know which foods you must avoid in your diet so as to prevent digestion-related issues in your baby. However, several other things also need to be considered when it comes to babies’ digestion issues during the summer season. Read on to know how you can use some simple home remedies to treat or prevent digestion issues in your little one during the lockdown.
- Cook and mash the food well to allow your baby’s delicate body to digest it.
- Always feed fresh preparations to ease digestion.
- If your little one is introduced to spices, add a pinch of turmeric and asafoetida to it.
- Gently massage the baby’s stomach in a clockwise direction with an oil (sesame, olive, mustard, or coconut oil) to relieve gas and constipation.
- Regular physical activities also help prevent bloating and constipation. Therefore, ensure all your baby’s activities like baby cycling, baby boxing, tummy time, baby leg stretches, etc. are not missed during the lockdown.
- Ensure your baby is fed enough fluids such as breast milk, water, diluted fruit juices, according to her age and diet.
- If your little one has a bout of diarrhoea, which is also a possibility during summers, a homemade version of ORS can replace the fluid loss. Mix 5 to 6 levelled teaspoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt in a litre of water (boiled and cooled), and you are good to go. Feed her this water every time she passes watery stool.
- Go for warm water baths before bedtime as the evening temperature gets considerably low during the season. Warm water baths can help relieve constipation and abdominal pain due to bloating.
3. Baby Skin Ailments
The rising temperature can lead to another set of health issues – skin issues in babies. Here are some remedies that can help you tackle summer skin issues in babies, like heat rash, dry skin, eczema, and diaper rash.
- Dab a damp clean cloth on the heat rash to cool the area. Then, dab with a dry towel to soak the moisture. Excessive moisture on the baby’s body can lead to chills and cold.
- Cool/room temperature water baths during the peak hour of the day can also help provide some relief. Go for lukewarm water if cool water is a big no-no for you.
- Use aloe vera gel to soothe skin irritation.
- Use a paste of baking soda and water to soothe heat rashes.
- Oatmeal poultices dipped in cool water can be dabbed on areas affected by heat rashes and eczema.
- Give the baby some diaper-free time. You may try the elimination communication method to train your baby to start using the toilet and make her wear light, cotton underwear instead of diapers. Elimination communication is a way to recognise your little one’s signals to pass stool/urine so that you can take her to the toilet to eliminate body waste. This method works two ways as the baby also gets trained to pass urine/stool when held in a particular position on the toilet bowl.
- Mix a teaspoon of sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric in cool filtered water to make a thin paste. This paste can be applied on heat rashes and insect bites for instant relief.
- Try an ice cube if you cannot find anything to soothe your baby’s discomfort. Ice cubes can come in handy to soothe prickly heat, eczema, and also insect bites.
- Reposition the baby when she is sleeping, and don’t let her lie down in one position for long as it can lead to heat rashes during summers.
Caring for babies needs more than just being attentive. You need to be fast and proactive too to prevent or treat summer-related ailments at home. Now, let’s move on to some solutions that are sure to make your life easy during the lockdown.
Solutions for Home Sanitisation
With products vanishing off the shelves and delayed deliveries due to shortage, you might find yourself in a little bit of a fix when it comes to home sanitisation. But you know what? Our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have access to most products available today. They utilised age-old remedies their mothers and grandmothers shared with them. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to keep your house clean, sanitised, and ensure everybody’s health.
- Make a disinfectant solution with equal parts of vinegar and water, spray it on surfaces, and let it sit for a while. Then, wipe it off with a clean cloth.
- A mixture of vinegar (1/4th part), hot water (4 parts), 2 tablespoons of baking soda and the juice of one lemon can also be used as a disinfectant for kitchen and home surfaces.
- Mix an equal quantity of alcohol, vinegar and water to make another version of an effective natural disinfectant.
- You may add a few drops of essential oil to all the mixtures above to leave your house smelling pleasant all through the day.
Now, no more searching for expensive disinfectants laden with chemicals. Use these natural solutions and keep your house safe from harmful bacteria and viruses.