In view of the sweltering heat and on-going summer vacations for children in June, home science experts from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) emphasised on ensuring adequate intake of fluid.
Asking the residents to take care of their diet and health, Dr Kiran Grover stressed on remaining well-hydrated during the hot dry days of summer. Grover said, “Individuals can remain hydrated by drinking plain water or consuming any seasonal fruit-based drink made at home,” while impressing on drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.
To protect the children from scorching heat, Dr Sukhminder Kaur advised parents to involve them in small household activities and indoor games during holidays. She suggested, “Many institutions/organisations hold summer vacation courses such as cookery, art, painting, creative activities, music, dance, and give the children an opportunity to attend these courses.”
She called upon the parents to make the children start their homework in the beginning of the vacations so that they are able to finish their homework in time.
Sukhminder also asked parents not to allow children to waste their valuable time in watching TV, playing computer games or sitting idle.
About the selection and care of clothes, Dr Harinder Saggu pointed out that with the mercury soaring, many people face skin problems. “Wear light coloured and loosed cotton clothes, and cover yourself before going out,” Saggu advised, while impressing on taking
extra care of white or light coloured clothes.
Laying thrust on home cleaning, Dr Surinderjit Kaur suggested, “Clean brass and copper decoration pieces with salt and lemon juice/vinegar, wipe with wet cloth, sun dry, wrap in soft dry cloth or newspaper and store these articles as these get blackened during rainy season.”