Newborn babies are more susceptible to illnesses because their immune systems are not fully developed. The good news is that there are a number of things that you can do to protect your baby from illnesses. Below are some tips for keeping your newborn baby healthy:
Watch Where You Take the Baby
You probably want to take your baby out, but you should be careful about where you go. Illnesses can very easily spread in crowded places. That is why you want to avoid taking your baby to places that are crowded during his or her first two months of life. Restaurants and shopping centers are examples of places that you will want to avoid until your baby gets a little bit older.
Most health care providers today encourage new mothers to breastfeed. Breast milk not only provides nourishment for your baby, but it also contains antibodies that protect him or her from illnesses. Keep in mind that you do not have to stop breastfeeding if you develop the common cold or flu.
Make Sure That Everyone Washes Their Hands
Your friends and relatives will probably all want to touch the baby. However, you should make sure that they wash their hands. Handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illnesses. You should also make sure that you wash your hands frequently.
Store the Tissue from the Umbilical Cord
You should consider storing your baby’s cord tissue. The stem cells in this tissue can be used in a variety of medical treatments. Researchers are also currently trying to determine whether the stem cells in the tissue can be used to treat stroke, heart disease or a spinal cord injury.
Do Not Let Other Children Kiss the Baby
Young children are very curious, and they probably want to touch and hold the baby. That is fine, but you should not let small children kiss the baby. Children who are under the age of seven are more prone to developing colds, and they can very easily spread them to the baby.
Keeping a newborn healthy can be a challenge because they have underdeveloped immune system. Fortunately, you can reduce your baby’s chances of developing illnesses by not taking him or her in crowded places during the first two months. You should also breastfeed and make sure that everyone washes their hands. Additionally, you should not allow small children kiss the baby.