summer season is the main holiday season of the year. However our
enjoyment is often disrupted with attacks of diarrhea and other
diseases. Actually it's a cycle we need to be very conscious of.
The main factor to be aware of is that food spoils easily in the
hot weather. Micro- organisms seem to be thriving every where from
on fresh fruits, juices, salads, to cooked foods etc. Milk, milk
products and non-veg foods are specially prone to spoilage if kept
outside a refrigerator for even 1 or 2 hours.
problem is that summer season is also the season for flies to breed
and multiply and they seem to be every where and any where. Please
note they love to sit on dry foods like bread or biscuits and even
there they can pass on infections so please see that all foods are
kept clean and properly packed or covered.
Fruits and vegetables bought from the market
must not be directly placed on kitchen counters as the germs
on them will stick to the counter and then contaminate our hands
or other foods placed on the counter.
and vegetables must be thoroughly washed and used immediately
on cutting them.
must be eaten immediately and left overs immediately refrigerated.
Food left in a warm kitchen is the ideal breeding ground for
food if left over and you want to reuse please freeze and defrost
careful about milk and milk products and milk sweets - they
spoil very fast in the summer. Normally after boiling milk we
leave it in the kitchen to cool before refrigeration. Please
put it in the refrigerator at the earliest. When eating out
be very careful about, lassi, milk shakes, custards, ice-creams
most prone to stomach upsets. One major reason could be that their
nails are not clipped as regularly as they are during the school
times. Also we may be relaxed and not so strict about them washing
hands before they eat.
a person gets an attack of diarrhea they get weak and run down.
They are then prone to coughs, colds and other infections, even
typhoid and jaundice are common at this time. If a person gets diarrhea
the first treatment is to stop all milk, milk products, egg and
non-veg completely for 48 hours. Only curd must be given 3-4 times
a day along with toast, rice, marie biscuits and apple and banana
may be eaten. If the diarrhea does not significantly reduce in 24
hours a doctor must be consulted and medication begun. Fresh clear
water and tender coconut water must be given.
is to start B-complex and C supplementation immediately and continue
it morning and evening for the next 10 days to build up resistance
against another infection. After the diarrhea attack see that you
take all precautions against a cold and cough for the next two weeks
as your resistance will be low and you can catch these infections