A change of season, especially going from Autumn to Winter, is an exciting time for families. Kids go back to school. We start preparing for the holidays, and we might look forward to snow or football. Unfortunately, it can also be the start of cold and flu season, and there’s no better way to ruin the mood in your home than illness. Here are six top ways to help your baby avoid coughs and colds this winter.
Use Hand Sanitizer
Most coughs and colds are caused by germs, and germs are easily passed from one person to another. Using hand sanitizer on your own hands before picking up your baby will help kill the germs that you might unknowingly be carrying, but don’t put it on your baby because it contains alcohol. Have some hand sanitizer in your house and handbag for you, your friends, and your family, especially if they want to hold your baby.
Keep the House Clean
Keeping your house clean and sanitized is a good way to keep germs away from your baby. This includes washing toys, bedding, and anything else your baby may play with or touch on a daily basis. Babies love to put things in their mouth as well, so make sure everything within your babies’ reach is clean and sanitized.
Another great way to help your baby avoid coughs and colds this winter is to use an air purifier in your home. Air purifiers use filters to remove pollutants such as dust and pollen from the air. Many air purifiers, sometimes called air cleaners, also filter germs and bacteria out of the air, which helps prevent sickness.
The more people your baby is around, the greater the risk of infection. Try to limit your baby’s time in crowds or around lots of other people during cold and flu season. If you must expose your baby to many other people, keep it limited to people you know, and don’t let them hold your baby often. Also, make sure your baby’s skin is covered as much as possible.
You and your baby’s immune system will stay stronger if you are both eating right. That means lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are essential for you and for your baby (if he or she is eating solids). Drink plenty of water and avoid excessive amounts of alcohol. If you’ve been breast-feeding your baby, it may be a good idea to continue through the winter months so that your baby’s immune system stays strong.
Plenty of Sleep
Another thing you can do to keep your immune system strong is to get plenty of sleep. This may seem difficult, as babies seem to set their own sleep schedules, but do what you can to stay on schedule and keep your baby’s surroundings stimulus free around bedtime.
Of course, your baby’s pediatrician is the best source for information on how to keep your baby heathy in the winter, but these common-sense tips should also help. Before you know it, the days will be getting longer once again and spring will be right around the corner.