The weather is changing; the winter is coming and new mothers All Over the World know how hard it is to protect yourself and your little one from the flu season. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most kids catch 8 to 10 colds in their first two years of life. But you know what? It is easy to protect your baby (and yourself) from colds and other such viruses. Follow these simple tips to stay on your goal keep your baby healthy, winter or otherwise!
Breastfeed as long as you can
Don’t be scared if you caught the flu or a nasty cold. You can continue to breastfeed through it all. Your body will send antibodies through your breast milk to your baby. Breast milk will protect your baby by boosting the immune system and many other wonderful activities that keep your baby healthy and thriving! So whatever you do, continue breastfeeding. According to the World Health Organization, breastfeeding until your baby is two years is beneficial for the physical and mental development for your baby.
Stay away from crowds
We know family gatherings or social meetings are important, but for a new-born with a brand new immune system, this is a little tricky. Be selective about where you take your baby. So unless it is fully necessary, taking your new-born to crowded malls, movie theatres or noisy restaurants is to be best avoided. Parks are great for open spaces and fresh air but you need to be alert if the children playing nearby want to come and mollycoddle your new baby.
Only clean hands
Insist on washing hands – not just for the enthusiastic loved ones who want to hold your new baby, but also you. If you are the primary caretaker, you have to wash your hands particularly after changing a diaper or preparing the bottle. If you have an older child, teach them manners about washing hands before touching and playing tenderly with your new baby. More tips for your toddler or the older sibling in the house:
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the elbow.
- Wash hands immediately after coming home from school or playing outside.
- Change outside clothes into home clothes.
- Send home the sick neighbour kid who wants to play with your children.
Get more sun and exercise
Keeping yourself and your new-born cooped up at home is not healthy for either of you. Go on strolls around the society or visit parks with your new-born to get fresh air and the sun! The sunlight is great for your bodies, specifically during the cold winter days. So along with the vitamin D supplements, make sure you also get the real sun for a little while every day. Getting out of the house and getting the exercise is good for you too. Studies have shown that exercise helps remedy postpartum depression, uplifts your mood, and appetite too. This is very important because a healthy baby needs a healthy mother too.
Wear your baby
If you have to go out to the hospital, to the grocery store, travel in cabs or to go out to the park for your walks, try babywearing. This is a healthy way to bond with your baby too. In winters, babywearing helps you both to keep warm while you snuggle together in a safe baby carrier. Just make sure your baby’s legs are in an M position and not dangling straight down in 11 position. The dangling legs will put pressure on the baby’s spine and on your shoulders. The M position of the baby’s legs distributes the weight and keeps your baby in a comfortable sitting position.
Essential oil on clothes
Essential oils of eucalyptus and cinnamon are just fantastic to keep away colds or to treat stuffy colds fast. You have to remember NEVER use essential oils directly on the baby’s skin. These are remarkably concentrated oils and applying it on the skin can have harsh repercussions for your baby’s health. Apply few drops on the pillows and the baby’s clothes if your baby has a cold.
“My baby healthiest” – the absolute goal of a mother is perfectly achievable.