Rajkumari Sharma Tankha
Pollution is here to stay. It is a sad reality of the times we are living in. The deadly smog that enveloped Delhi did one good thing: It awakened the common man to the perils of air pollution, and made him/her sit up and take note of the deteriorating environment.
My children have been having cold and cough since the Diwali night. One child in my daughter’s class, an asthmatic, is facing a lot of problem and his parents are under severe stress. I am sure there are many of you out there whose children have fallen prey to respiratory problems.
It is time we take steps to protect children, or at least reduce the harm that pollution causes to them. For, we all know children are the most vulnerable to rising toxicity in the air.
Here I will talk about what you can do as a parent to keep your children healthy. But make sure you follow these steps not just in critical times like the present but all the time. It will help your child build up immunity and fight diseases much better.
- To begin with maintain a good oral and physical hygiene. Make your child wash his/her hands frequently, especially after coming back from school or playground.
- Inspect the area where they go out to play, and let them go out only if the area is neat and clean. It is sad but many playgrounds and parks have huge garbage dumps in the neighbourhood, and many times the lawns of parks are not mowed leading to growth of mosquitos, the disease carriers. If the parks and playgrounds in your area are dirty, unmaintained, insists upon the municipal authorities to clean them up. As a tax-paying citizen you have the right to demand clean surroundings. Use your rights. But at the same time fulfill your duties too: If you see someone throwing garbage in your child’s play area, stop him/her. Or complain to the park/playground authorities.
- Do not keep used tissues/napkins anywhere on the tables; throw them in the dustbin immediately after use. Used napkins are effective microbe-carriers.
- Take utmost care of the diet. Give them healthy food, full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Do not give in to their tantrums of eating junk food. Once in a while, it’s okay, but don’t make it a habit. I know many mothers who give noodles to their children as evening snack, every single day. Noodles are no doubt easy to make and good in taste, but their benefits stop just at that. Many schools have a fruit break after three periods in the morning. If your child’s school doesn’t have one, speak to the school authorities about it.
- Make your children (and you as well) start their day with a few Tulsi leaves or the aloe vera sap, and a glass of warm water. Both these are great immunity boosters. I am sure children will protest in the beginning, but it is better to enforce this discipline on them than spend on medicines later.
- Similarly, make your kids drink a glass of warm milk with half a tea spoon of turmeric every night. It will not only help increase their immunity but warm milk is very good for tired bones and good sleep.
- During the time when weather changes from summer to winters or vice versa, make them wear clothes that cover their entire body so as to avoid mosquito bites.
- When the pollution levels go high, like the present, do not let your children go out to play. Keep them inside home. As far as possible don’t them to school either, you can teach them at home.
- If venturing outdoors is must, make sure the kids wear a medically-approved mask that covers the nose and the mouth properly.PROTECT KIDS CONSCIOUSLY.