After playing hide and seek for a week or two, monsoon has finally arrived. While that may be a relief, what's not is the fact that along with rain clouds, the monsoon shall bring its share of woes. Health problems are always on the rise during the rainy season be it cold and flu, viral fever, etc.
Common cold and influenza are viral infections usually caused by viruses that intrude the nose, throat, sinuses, or ears. The pathogen travels either from hand to mouth and nose, or through the air on minute droplets carrying infected secretions from one person to another. Catching colds can actually be beneficial as it continues to train the immune system to be well tuned and capable of identifying and dealing with viruses. It is important to recognise this and respect the body's own ability to remove viruses and heal. If your child gets sick and gets over it within a couple of days this is usually a sign of a strong immune system - even if your child experiences more intense symptoms such as a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea. This shows that your child's defences are strong and the immune system is working in a timely and efficient manner. On the other hand, if your child gets sick often and takes a long time to get over it, or if a child always seems to be experiencing a low grade cold or flu but rarely spikes a fever this may be a sign of a weaker immune system. Either way there is a lot you can do to support your child's immune system to help minimise the frequency and duration of colds and flu
This is going to be different for every child, the child responds to illness in his/her own way. Often it can start with a shift in their personality. When parents say that their child isn't acting themselves that is usually a sign of illness or imbalance. Physical signs such as a runny nose, mild cough or tummy ache can reveal that illness is coming on but other signs such as fatigue, changes in sleep, mood and behaviour patterns, lack of motivation or desire to do the things the child usually loves to do, and change in appetite can all be the first signs of illness.
- (The writer is a homeopath)