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As Tamil Nadu Sees Rise In Temperature, Doctor Shares Tips To Cope And Stay Safe In Extreme Heat

Mothers are advised to make their babies wear only cotton clothes and bath them twice or thrice a day to protect them from heat wave

As Tamil Nadu Sees Rise In Temperature, Doctor Shares Tips To Cope And Stay Safe In Extreme Heat
Children should avoid playing out in an open ground during the excessive heat hours, which is 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Salem: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heat wave to severe heat wave conditions in many pockets of Gangetic West Bengal, in isolated pockets of Sub Himalayan West Bengal, few pockets of north Odisha, in East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rayalaseema, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal, and Kerala for April 27 to 28. IMD, in a post of X on Friday (April 26) said, “Heat wave to severe heat wave conditions very likely in many pockets of Gangetic West Bengal, in isolated pockets of Sub Himalayan West Bengal, few pockets of north Odisha and heat wave conditions very likely in East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rayalaseema, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal, Kerala & Mahe and interior Karnataka for April 27 and April 28.”

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In an interview with ANI, Dr Anusuya, who is a child specialist at Arogya Women Centre in Tamil Nadu’s Salem shared tips to cope and stay safe in extreme heat and ways of taking care of pregnant women, newborn babies and young kids.

Dr Anusuya told ANI,

They should wear only cotton garments and should avoid coming out of their houses during 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. They should try to intake more fluids in the form of buttermilk or tender coconut water and increase the consumption of water-containing fruits like cucumber and watermelon. It is important for them to increase their water intake to maintain the fluid content in their uterus also.

She further added,

Excessive sweat can lead to skin problems like fungal infections. And therefore, they should wear cotton clothes.

For newborn babies, Dr Anusuya advises mothers to notice how much urine the baby is passing in a day. She said,

Excessive sweat can cause skin problems and dehydration. So, it’s important for the mothers to notice how much urine the baby passes in a day. If the baby doesn’t pass urine for more than a day, then the baby is dehydrated.

The doctor also has advised mothers to make their babies wear only cotton clothes and bath them twice or thrice a day.

Regarding young kids who are playing outside, the doctor said that it’s necessary for them to avoid playing out in an open ground during the excessive heat hours, which is 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. She said,

They should either play indoors or play in the shade and should increase the intake of water.

The IMD has also said that heat wave to severe heat wave conditions is likely to continue over East and South peninsular India for the next five days.

Also Read: Heatwaves Do’s and Dont’s: Tips To Cool Yourself This Summer

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