Cold Season: Protecting Your Baby

Consider the following ways to help protect your baby from illness.

Limit Visitors

Limit non-family visitors during the first eight weeks of life, especially children under the age of five years. Do not let anyone with a potential illness visit your baby.  During flu season, keep children under six months of age home when possible.

Consider Breastfeeding

Colostrum has many nutrients and substances to protect your baby against infections. Breastfeeding may help to your baby’s immune system.

Wash Hands

Frequent hand washing can prevent the spread of germs. Teach your children the habit of washing their hands. Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Cover Cough

Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Since you probably won’t be trying to open any doors with your elbow, the chance of spreading those germs drops dramatically.

Avoid Traveling

Try not to make travel plans in the first few months of your baby’s life before she is vaccinated to limit exposure to germs.

Immunize

Immunizations can be instrumental in protecting your child from illnesses like influenza and whooping cough. Not only should your baby get his or her vaccines as outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), all family members who will be spending time with the baby should be immunized too.

For additional questions, talk with your pediatrician at Green Hills Pediatric Associates.