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I know being a mother is the most overwhelming feeling in this entire world, but it also brings a heap of responsibilities towards your little one. My baby has recently completed eight months, and finally after being a sleeping beauty for such a long time, she is ready to enter the toddler phase. But trust me, only I know how hard I worked to have raised her till now.
The rainy season is prevailing, so we need to take special care of our babies. Recently, due to my delinquency, my daughter got mosquito bites all over her legs. I rushed her to a nearby doctor, as I thought she had gotten some sort of allergy. I was relieved to know that they were only bites, and after applying medication provided by the paediatrician, the scars faded.
So, friends, prevent your kiddos from such bites, especially in the monsoon, by wrapping them in appropriate clothes and applying mosquito repellents. For bites, you can apply roll- ons as well as calamine-enriched lotions. Moreover, offer them carom seeds in lukewarm water to avoid germs and colds. Another important ingredient to avoid fungal infections is to bathe them in boiled neem-infused water, and after that, applying mustard oil to certain parts of the body such as ears, chest, and feet.
One crucial point I want to mention here is protecting your child from wetness of clothes, because they tend to spill. Most of us use cotton bibs for our babies so that they don’t spoil their clothes, but they can’t wholly serve that purpose. I have recently discovered an alternative – the incredible plastic bib with a basket. Trust me, this is really wonderful, especially for semi-solid foods. It is available in different colours and patterns, and it is easy to wash and wipe. Give it a try!
Regarding the diet for your baby, I suggest trying broken wheat, oats, or ragi porridge loaded with veggies. Serve them seasonal fruits such as pears, apples, or pomegranate juice, as it is highly rich in iron. If your baby prefers to eat maize or millet, make delicious pancakes out for them, or you can serve them in the form of porridge. Do add a little bit of desi ghee and cumin to each dish, as then it will taste amazing, as well as be beneficial for your little one. Give them some sips of black tea and tulsi green tea with a few drops of lemon, as it is rich in vitamin C. Avoid using direct curd in rains, because bacteria are at an alarming high in this season. You can serve yoghurt-based curries. You can also give your child coconut chutney, as fresh coconut is readily available in this season, and it is enriched with antioxidants.
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