When kids are small, we want to protect them in any way that we can. Older parents recommend that you keep a newborn in and away from outsiders for the first few weeks of life. It may seem like an old wives’ tale, but is there merit?
No one wants their baby to catch any sort of infection. Newborns are still vulnerable, being only a few days out of the womb. If you want to prevent problems, here are a few suggestions.
- Wash your hands. Hand washing is very important. We change diapers, feed babies, rub their faces and wipe their mouths with the same two hands. If our hands carry germs, they can be easily transferred to baby. Reduce the risk of germs by washing your hands after diapering and feeding, and before handling baby.
- Disinfect surfaces that come in contact with baby. Using something like Lysol, let it sit on the surface for a few minutes before wiping. Baby changing tables, playpens, baby baths, plastic changing pads, counters and other surfaces are fair game.
- Reduce the number of germs in your home. Wash linens and clothing frequently, sanitize bottles and baby toys and keep furniture clean. All of these measures help to keep baby away from germs that can cause colds, flu and other infectious conditions.
- Avoid contact with sick people. This is a good rule of thumb all year round. In the winter there are colds and flu but there are also spring and summer colds to contend with. Don’t be afraid to stop others who may be infected from holding your child. They may love your baby but their kisses can wait until they are well.
- Limit contact with other children. Children love babies but they are still learning to wash their hands properly. Be sure that children’s hands are washed before they hold or play with the baby.
- Eat well. If you breastfeed, you are lending your child your immunity. Eating foods that boost your immune system is a plus for baby. Consume lots of vegetables, fruits, lean meats and dairy products.
- Keep up with immunizations. It is a primary way to protect your child from what may be catching in the air.
- Attend to colds right away. Babies will get colds. At the first sign of a runny nose or fever contact your doctor. Head any illness off at the pass so that it does not become more serious.
The safety of our children is our first concern. When it comes to germs, there is a lot that you can do to keep your baby safe. Use the above suggestions to keep your home as germ free as possible.