Mothers want nothing more than to protect their babies and keep them safe from injury and illness. But with germs everywhere you go, it can be hard to keep your child from getting sick. Nevertheless, as a mother, you should take precautions to ensure that your delicate baby is not exposed to more germs than necessary. The last thing you want to happen is your baby getting sick too often and being miserable. Thankfully, it is not as hard as you think to keep your baby healthy.
Below are some ways to keep your baby safe from viruses and bacteria that are found in the environment, especially in public places. By implementing these practices, you will reduce the risk of your baby getting sick from exposure to these pathogens.
Be Aware of Who Handles Your Baby
Your newborn should not be exposed to large amounts of people until he or she is about 6 weeks old. This means that you really should avoid public places and large crowds until she has a strong enough immune system. But even after those initial few weeks, you should always be aware of who is handling and holding your baby. If there are sick people around, make sure they do not handle your child, as the germs will easily spread and potentially infect your baby. You also want to be sure that anyone who holds the baby does not kiss him on the lips, as this is a sure fire way of transferring germs. They should stick to kissing the baby’s cheeks and forehead instead.
Wash Your Hands… A Lot
When it comes to your baby, you always want to make sure that your hands are clean, so wash them regularly. Also, make sure that anyone else who handles your baby washes his or her hands first. Viruses and bacteria live on a variety of surfaces that you come into contact with on a regular basis, and so you may not even realise you are transferring germs to your baby when you pick her up, play with her, feed her, change her, etc. But making sure you wash your hands often and disinfect surfaces around the house will ensure that viruses can’t survive there.
Stay Clean in Public
Keep your baby clean by washing her hands as well, especially after she has been exposed to objects in public, where germs are abundant. If she drops a toy or her pacifier on the floor, do not just pick it up and give it back to her. Instead, store it away until you get home, where you can properly wash it with soap and water to disinfect it. You want to especially be sure that your baby does not put anything in her mouth while in public, so prevent her from picking something up off a store shelf and putting her lips on it. Again, wait until you get home to clean it off or take it out of the packaging before giving it to her.
Ashley Welsby is an expert in child health. Ashley often visits easynappies.co.uk to check out the latest in baby products.