In the Philippines, school year starts in June and it coincides with the start of the rainy season. The rainy season brings many illnesses like Influenza, the common cold and cough, Diarrhea, Typhoid, Dengue and Leptospirosis. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to prepare your children for the rainy season.
Here are some tips:
- Inform the school of your children’s medical history. If your child has asthma, the school needs to be advised so that proper attention will be given to your child. First aid medicines should be made available in the school clinic.
- Make sure the children bring raincoats and umbrellas when going to school.
- If possible, give your children Anti-influenza shots before school starts.
- Teach your children to keep their surroundings clean. Check containers if there are any stagnant water or clogged drainage and report to school teachers.
- If your children are at home, prepare some indoor games, which the kids can play whenever the rain is pouring outside.
- Remind the children not to wade in floodwaters and if can’t be avoided, they need to use boots.
- During the rainy season, water-borne diseases are common, it is important that the children only drink from distilled water stations.
- Make it a habit to wash hands often.
- Discuss possible emergency scenarios with your children and what they should do in the event of emergencies. Make sure your child knows your home address and contact number.
- Make sure the kids get plenty of rest and sleep so that their body’s resistance level is at its peak.
- We can never tell when and what the rainy season might bring but it never hurts to be prepared. As the saying goes, “ an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”.