How can you keep your newborn from getting sick?
Well, it’s complicated.
Germs are in the air and on surfaces like toys.
Other children and adults could infect your child, too.
It’s enough to make a new parent paranoid.
So, let’s address this problem in baby steps.
4 easy ways to keep your baby from becoming ill
Her immune system is still developing, and she’s prone to illness (1).
But there are four ways you can protect her.
First, keep her away from others that are sick.
I realize that’s difficult when it’s someone in your own household.
Second, train family members on hygiene. Teach them to use disposable tissues or the crook of their elbow when they sneeze or cough.
Third, ask others to wash their hands before they touch or hold the baby. Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer in your diaper bag if you need it.
There’s no shame in defending your child’s health.
Fourth, take the time to disinfect toys.
These practices drastically cut down on the number of germs that your child is exposed to.
It may seem like overreacting in the beginning, but if it avoids the problem, it’s worth the effort.
What to do if your newborn gets a cold?
Even with all the effort you’ve made to keep her well, sometimes she’ll catch a cold.
It happens – it doesn’t mean you’re a terrible parent.
We can’t see germs. They are a an enemy that’s hard to battle.
But now it’s time to make sure you have the supplies you need on hand.
If you don’t already have one, I recommend a baby first-aid kit.
This goes beyond Band-Aids and alcohol wipes.