You should know that it’s common and usually not dangerous for your baby to catch a common cold. Colds, however, can escalate quickly for babies, so watch them closely. And chances are they may catch the virus when in contact with an infected person as babies are vulnerable to flu and viruses. Colds usually clear up in a week or two, but if they have a fever and are under two months of age, you might want to consult a pediatrician.
Breastfeeding while sick can be a concern for mothers who fear they are transmitting germs. But, interestingly, in their first year of life, the best thing you can do is breastfeed your baby to prevent them from getting a cold. Your body and your child are protected against viruses that cause colds by antibodies passed on through breastfeeding. Furthermore, breastfeeding provides nourishment and boosts their immune system.
You can protect your baby from cold and flu by simply washing your hands regularly, especially before holding or feeding your baby. Insist your family and friends to wash their hands before holding the baby as the viruses may survive on the surface of a person’s hands when in contact with contaminated surfaces. The chances are that cold germs may enter a baby’s body through their nose or mouth after they come into contact with someone with a cold.
Here’s a simple guide to effective handwashing
- Wet your hands thoroughly
- Apply soap or hand wash to a lather and make sure to scrub for 20 seconds
- Rinse hands thoroughly and dry your hands using a paper towel, dry towel, or air dryer. To minimize the transfer of germs when you are using a paper towel on your hands in a public restroom, grab the towel while the tap is running and quickly dry your hands.
Avoid crowds and contact with sick people
Now may not be the right time for you to expose your baby to crowds as babies are more likely to be infected by viruses when in crowds. Avoid crowds as much as possible, especially during your baby’s first winter, as they are most vulnerable to catch a cold. You may want to consider rescheduling your family or friends’ visit when they are sick. Make sure that you do not allow anyone with a cold or flu to come in contact with your baby, and insist all your friends and family members wash their hands before holding the baby.
Sanitize baby clothes and other items
Make sure to clean your baby items regularly. And avoid using any harsh chemicals since babies often put things in their mouths. For instance, you may wash the items with soapy water and rinse. Then, disinfect them with a solution containing two teaspoons of bleach to one gallon of water. Rinse and air dry or dry with a paper towel.
Change their diapers and clothes regularly. Disinfect your baby rug or blanket once a week by hanging them out in the sun.
Cover your mouth and nose to prevent cold germs from entering the air and contaminating surfaces when you cough and sneeze. Using a tissue while Sneezing and coughing prevent the spread of germs. Educate your family, including kids, about good cough etiquette and hygienic habits to reduce the risk of spreading germs and catching the flu or cold. Make sure to change your baby clothes every day as germs can survive on fabrics. Wash your hands thoroughly after every sneeze or cough, even when using a tissue to cover.
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