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  • Tips for Parents During the Rainy Season

    Tag-ulan has set in. How prepared is your family against all the challenges of the rainy season?
  • floodThe Philippines’ tropical climate brings about the rainy season from June to November every year. It is the time when most of the country – particularly, Luzon, Metro Manila, and the Visayas – experiences torrential rains and thunderstorms alongside powerful typhoons.

    All this rain creates a number of problems, which include flooding and increased risk for both accidents and illnesses. You might have heard about the skyrocketing cases of dengue fever in the country and about the vehicular accidents that happen on slippery roads. These things are preventable, of course, and parents like you can definitely do something to make the rainy season safer for your family.

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    Water and food safety. Because food- and water-borne diseases are prevalent during the rainy season, the Department of Health warns that you should take extra precautions when it comes to the meals or drinks you prepare for your family.

    1. Make sure that your drinking water comes from a safe source. If you are unsure of its cleanliness, you should boil it for at least 3 minutes.
    2. Likewise, your food should be prepared properly, and it should be well-cooked; if there are any leftovers, it should be properly stored and refrigerated.
    3. Dispose all waste food properly to avoid attracting vermin.

     

    Learn about the common illnesses during the rainy season.

    A whole host of infectious diseases are associated with the rainy season. The most common bugs you can catch include those that cause respiratory diseases like colds and airborne infections like influenza.

    As mentioned, food- and water-borne diseases are also widespread during the wet season. Pathogens attack the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in conditions like diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.

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    Two of the germs that cause such problems are the Vibrio cholerae bacterium, which causes cholera, and the Salmonella typhi bacterium, which causes typhoid fever.

    Leptospirosis is another disease transmitted to humans through water. Infection occurs when water that has been contaminated by the urine of an infected animal comes into contact with breaks or wounds in the skin, eyes and other mucous membranes.

    Dengue fever or dengue hemorrhagic fever, which is transmitted via mosquito bites, is also a potentially serious disease that is common during the rainy season. Dengue is not only prevalent in rural areas -- as is the case with other mosquito-borne diseases like malaria -- it can easily spread in urban environments, too.

    You should know the symptoms of these diseases so that you can seek immediate medical attention for yourself or for your child if you suspect infection.

     

    Click here for more tips during the rainy season.

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