Protecting Newborn From Germs
Our tiny little newborn fellows are a sight to behold and quite fun to be around. They bring so much happiness and laughter to the world and our lives. And as much precious they are, they need a special amount of care as well. Babies have a tendency to catch illnesses and germs faster than anyone because of their newly developing immune systems. Therefore around the world, newborns are especially taken lots of care because their bodies have not developed strong mechanisms to fight against germs and create its antibodies. But don’t worry, once the growth proceeds and a baby grows up, their immune systems get stronger and tough environments don’t harm them. In this article there are listed a number of ways you can protect your baby from catching germs.
- Use a sanitiser before picking the baby. People work around the house, pick things with germs, get dirt and dust on their hands and even sneeze when sick. If you don’t wash your hands properly after work or when being sick and before picking up your baby, the little fellow might get sick. Therefore, before anyone else, you yourself need to wash your hands with a sanitiser before touching the newborn. The early months are the most important and vulnerable for the babies.
- Ask guests and relatives to wash hands. Guests and relatives often pick up babies without realising they need to wash their hands first. It’s alright, politely ask them to wash their hands properly and then hand over the newborn to them.
- Allow less people to kiss the baby. The previous point connects well with this one because most people love to hold, kiss and snuggle with the babies. This also promotes various kinds of germs. It does seem hard to ask people not to kiss the baby. You can politely tell them the baby is vulnerable and that they can kiss the little one on the forehead and hands rather than on the lips.
- Dress the baby in clean clothes. Changing the clothes of the baby often and dressing him/her in cleaner ones is a very important thing. The germs tend to linger on the dirty clothes. Change the diapers fast, their clothes as well.
- Take your baby for a checkup often. Even if the baby seems alright, it is better to check with a doctor in every 2 to 3 weeks just to make sure there is no problem that you might not have noticed. Better to be safe than sorry later.
- Be quick in cleaning diapers, as mentioned earlier, be as quick as you can be in cleaning the diapers of your baby. Although it’s a no brainer, but sometimes one gets busy and plans to clean the diaper after completing a task or two. This is not good for baby’s health and hygiene. The moment you notice that the baby has cleaned its system, leave everything and change the diaper, wash the sensitive genital area properly and dab a baby friendly powder there.
- Keep the baby’s cot and area clean and washed. The place where your baby sleeps is sacred. It is where the growth happens and one of the most important hours are spent while the baby sleeps. Make sure that area is clean, dust free and fragranced. Furthermore, be sure to wash the sheets and things with baby friendly surf so that no allergies occur to the baby.
- Make sure the feeder, nipples and toys are properly washed, at times mothers fill and refill the same feeder 2 to 3 times before washing it. This may seem as not a big deal but it is. Especially the nipples and baby toys like teether that they might put in their mouth too. Although newborns don’t play much with toys but at times they are quick and energetic. So if there are toys, have them cleaned before handing it to the baby.