5 Ways to Protect your Newborn this Winter

Winters can be a scary time for new parents because you are not sure how resilient your new baby is to winter cold infections. Here are some tips to help keep your baby healthy.

  1. Your milk offers the best immunity protection for your baby.  Even if you get sick, you should continue to breastfeed because your body will make antibodies that will fight germs you and your baby are exposed to.
  2. Friends who have small children will want to see your new baby.  Remember if they are sick and especially if they are unimmunized, it is probably best if they stay away from the new baby until they are well and their immunizations are up to date.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask people to wash their hands before holding or touching your baby.
  4. Try and limit your baby’s exposure to heavily populated places like shopping malls or communal bathrooms until your baby is thriving and gaining weight well.
  5. Spend time skin to skin with your baby.  The best way to colonize your baby with a good normal flora is to be close to its parents.  A good colonization of beneficial bacteria from parents will help decrease the growth of harmful pathogens.

Hope you find this useful, but let us know if you have have questions.