Most parents tuck their first baby away for weeks after bringing him or her home from the hospital. Many worry about their baby going outside too early and getting sick. For parents on their second or third child, it’s almost impossible to avoid taking newborns out and about. Fortunately, there are guidelines to follow when taking new babies out in public:
How to Keep Your Newborn from Getting Sick: 6 Simple Tips
1. Avoid Bringing Baby Out During Busy Times of the Day
Avoid the park during the after-school rush, which is usually after 3 PM. This way the baby is exposed to few people. Arrange grocery shopping and other errands for mid-morning hours or times when most people are at work.
2. Be Most Careful with Babies Under Two Months
When babies are less than two months old, they are more vulnerable for serious infections due to their less-developed immune systems. Two months is also when most babies receive their first set of vaccines. A fever for a 4-6 week old baby is much more severe and will be treated differently than a 10-month old baby. Reaching two-months is an important milestone for the health and immunity of your baby.
3. Certain Spaces Are Better for Newborns
In general, parks and other open, airy spaces are better than confined areas. The circulation of open air means it is less likely for the space to be contaminated with germs incase anyone nearby is sick. Closed spaces are less ideal, especially spaces that attract lots of older children, such as children’s museums or play spaces.
4. Follow Baby’s Breathing Patterns
Since a baby cannot blow his or her nose, it is up to parents to make their breathing more comfortable. A congested or stuffy nose is usually the first indicator that your baby is getting a cold. Try using a nasal aspirator to clear the baby’s nostrils and alleviate symptoms. Be careful not to irritate the baby’s nasal passage by repeated action or excessive use of the nasal aspirator. If your baby continues to sound stuffy, keep him or her away from other children to prevent others from getting sick and bring him or her to the doctor.
5. Follow the Rules
Most day cares, playgrounds, and schools have specific rules regarding sick babies. If your baby does get ill, be sure to follow the rules to prevent spreading illnesses to other babies. Typically, babies are not allowed back around other children until after 24 hours of being fever free. If your baby is sick, this doesn’t do much to help you, but it is important for all parents to respect the rules. At some point they will help keep your baby healthy as well.
6. Exercise Caution
Every time you touch, feed, or hold your baby, you should make sure that your hands are clean, especially if you have been out in public. Insist that visitors and guests do the same. Anyone who handles the baby should always wash his or her hands before doing so. You should also try to keep your baby’s world as clean as possible by frequently washing shared toys and touched surfaces. If there’s a cold or flu outbreak at day care or your older child’s school, avoid exposing your baby by keeping your older child home to minimize exposing the baby to anyone who is sick.
It might seem inevitable that your baby will get sick, but there are ways to prevent it. It’s important that you follow the tips above to prevent illness, especially if your baby is less than two months old. It doesn’t mean you have to stay housebound, but you should exercise some caution when going out in public. Because, of course, no mom wants to make their newborn sick! If the inevitable does happen and your little one suddenly has a congested nose, make sure you have Bubzi Co.'s Nasal Aspirator on hand. This handy tool will unblock your baby’s nose quickly and easily – providing your little one with instant relief. So before you head out the door, keep the 6 tips above in mind as you venture out with your little one!
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