Winter is a breeding ground for disease-causing germs and viruses. Everywhere you look, there are people coughing, sneezing or blowing their noses. So how do you protect your baby and make sure s/he stays fit and healthy throughout this season?
Kids are cold magnets, falling prey to cold and flu more often than any healthy adult would because their immune systems aren’t equipped to kill the viruses as soon as they encounter them. Most of these viruses are airborne which means that even if a sick person takes as much as a breath 4 to 6 feet away from the baby, your little one is susceptible to catch the flu.
Have a look at these germ-fighting strategies that will drastically reduce the chances of your baby falling sick this winter.
1. Wash hands
Something as simple as washing your baby’s and your hands can make a big difference. When you move from one activity to another, make sure to wash your hands. For example - you may have just changed your baby’s diaper and then you immediately rush to the kitchen to bring the feeding bottle, you should wash your hands with an antibacterial soap to make sure there’s no transfer of germs.
Also, wash your baby’s hands before she eats (if she has started eating solid food).
2. Vaccinations are a must
Vaccines keep most viruses and germs at bay. So don’t skip on any and when he’s 6 months old, you can even get him a yearly flu shot. Ask the pediatrician about which vaccines he must take and don’t lose track on the list.
3. Keep distance
As a mom, of course, it’s hard to stay away from your child. But if you’re sick it’s best you skip out on the cuddles and goodnight kisses. Always cover your mouth with a napkin when you sneeze or a cough, especially if you are in the same room as your baby.
4. Warm and tight
Since babies can’t talk, they won’t be able to tell you that they’re feeling cold but a good bet is that if you’re feeling cold, then you’re baby is too. So put on those cute woolen sweaters and knitted caps and socks to keep him warm and cozy.
5. Increase immunity
The best way to increase your baby’s immunity naturally is to breastfeed if you can. If your little one has started eating solids then offer him various nutritious fruits and veggies rather than keeping it monotonous.
Despite doing everything, you might find that your baby has caught a cold because they’re practically inevitable. But when this happens, keep him comfortable by making sure he’s rested and hydrated.