A new day with a baby leads to so many wonderful possibilities; your baby could say their first word or perhaps they take their first steps. However, there are days that follow unfortunate possibilities and its crucial for parents to learn how to prevent them from happening.For example, clothes that come with buttons or any dangly bits pose as a threat for our little ones and by learning to stay away from the no-no's can help prevent any unfortunate possibilities from taking place. Now, babies are bound to get sick more than once during their infant stage but there are ways to prevent your baby from falling ill on a frequent basis. Here are ways to keep your little bundle of joy safe from getting sick.
Proper Clothing For The Weather
It goes without saying that your baby needs to be dressed according to the type of weather. Therefore, if you are staying somewhere that gets chilly, it is important to dress your baby in warmer clothing materials or to bundle up your baby appropriately. If your baby gets too cold, it can cause your baby to catch a cold. A good way to know if your baby is too cold beyond the average chill, is by checking if their hands and feet feel cold to the touch. The feet and hands are the first place to chill up so if their chest feels cold to the touch as well, that means your baby is in dire need of warmer clothing. However, it is also important to note that too many layers can lead to overheating and excessive sweating, your baby may then start experiencing heat exhaustion and this can be extremely dangerous for people, let alone babies. Touch their ears and neck to tell if your baby is overheated. If these areas look red and are very warm, it means your baby is experiencing overheating. The trick is to eyeball the situation as the weather can get unpredictable. The rule of the thumb is to dress them in the same layers and materials that you are wearing.
A Clean Environment Protects Your Baby
Germs are found everywhere, from the floor to your fingertips and yes, exposure to germs and certain allergens strengthen your baby’s immune system by progressively learning to fight any harmful bodies that enter your baby’s germ-fighting system. This is why preventing your little one from ever getting sick is impossible as it's actually important for your baby to get sick now and then but just because that's the case, you can still prevent your baby from getting sick at an unnecessary rate by eliminating the germs that lurk around your baby's environment. Remember to keep the cleaned environment baby-safe by staying away from cleaning products that are filled with chemicals, opt for baby-friendly or natural ingredients instead. The most common way of spreading infectious diseases is by touch so make hand washing a fixed rule in the household. Another tip is to carry sanitizer with you when you’re out with your baby, keeping your hands clean reduces the number of germs that come in contact with your baby. With that, try and stay away from public places where a lot of people are gathered; doing what you can to avoid exposing your baby to these germs early in their life is an important step in keeping them healthy.
Breast Milk Is Packed With Immunity Boosting Ingredients
Proper nutrients are very important for your baby’s development and growth, it keeps your baby healthy and strong. So breastfeeding or bottle-feeding? which has more benefits and nutrients for your baby? Breastfeeding is highly recommended for your baby for the first 6 months as it not only has antibodies that will boost your baby’s immunity but also contains minerals and vitamins that are essential for your newborn. However, breastfeeding may not be an option for everyone so consult your baby’s doctor or paediatrician for which formula milk works best for your baby.
Vaccinations Are Key
It is important for pregnant women to get immunised against Pertussis, a bacteria that can cause whooping cough that can infect your baby. Every caregiver that takes care of your baby should be up to date with all of their vaccines as well. Those not properly immunised can easily pass a range of illnesses to babies. Be sure that your baby gets all his vaccines required for that age period. Immunising your little one can help protect them against preventable and potentially life-threatening infections.