So as a stay at home mom I have noticed that babies and kids are really gross. I mean that in a very literal way. Kids get into things, they touch everything they see, and put just about anything they can find in their mouths. For me it was all fine and dandy until my baby girl had her first fever. Let me tell you all hell broke loose in the house for the next two days. She would not stop crying for anyone or anything, and as a mother that made me feel terrible that me and her father could not sooth her in any kind of way. So we ended up taking her to the doctors the day that she got the fever and we stayed up and had alarms set so that we could give her medicine every six hours as prescribed. After her fever broke and she became her normal self instead of a siren we made big changes. That’s when we took action and put these five methods to use so as to prevent our daughter from getting sick in the future.
1)Do Not Let Everyone Pass Your Baby Around.
It’s alright to let others hold the baby and enjoy having the baby around. Babies are always a blessing and they genuinely bring joy to many people. However in my opinion it is not always a good thing for the baby to be passed from person to person. You have to take into consideration what the people holding the baby may have going on personally. For example there could be someone who has a cold and has been sneezing and coughing and if they are holding the baby they could easily spread germs unintentionally to the baby. Or if someone who smokes is holding the baby and they don’t wash their hands or change their clothes before holding the baby. They can carry nicotine and smoke on their hands and body and that would be touching the baby. This can definitely make a baby or small child sick especially if they have asthma and breathe in the smoke coming from someones clothes and hair.
2)Wash The Baby’s Toys
Many moms and dads like to take their babies on play dates or out to a playground and bring their favorite toys to play with. It is always a good idea to at least take the time after a hard day of play to clean up what your baby has been touching all day. Like I said earlier babies touch everything and put everything in their mouths. So they share germs with other babies when they swap and play with toys, or they touch things like dirt and mud and of course touch their toys right after. But if your baby is anything like mine they throw the toys on the ground, spill things on them, and above all chew and suck on the toys. I wouldn’t say go all out every single time your kid plays or gets stuff dirty but there are easy quick ways to clean off the toys like wiping them off with kid friendly cleaning wipes, or throwing cloth toys in the wash with laundry.
3)Dress The Baby For The Current Weather
I like my daughter to look like the cutest thing walking. But, common sense says if I’m cold then she probably is too. If I think it is chilly enough to wear a sweater then nine times out of ten my baby probably should be wearing one too. You can keep your little on fashionable but warm to prevent them from getting a cold or the flu. I live in the midwest where we have fall that really is like winter, winter that’s like the arctic, spring that is really a rain and mud season, and only like two days of real summer. So needless to say a good majority of they year we have to bundle up good. So when dressing your little one it’s a good idea to make sure that their chest is covered from the wind and cold as well as their head. Also, it never hurts to layer up. You can have your little one wear long johns or a undershirt under their outfit.
4)Make Sure You Keep Water Out Of Their Ears
Whether you are giving your baby a shower, playing in the pool, forgot caught in the rain you should really take care to not get water in your Childs ears. When a child gets an ear infection from getting water in their ears it is one of the worst things for them to have to go through at the time. Nobody wants their ears to ring and hurt which then makes the head hurt and can even cause a fever. Even for an adult that is a pretty sucky way to feel. But, for a baby or child they feel that ten times more than an adult would and they don’t know how to fix it either. If it so happens that your little one does get water in their ears a trick that my family has use for generations is to take a cotton ball and put sweet oil on the ball and put it in the ears of the baby, and have the baby lie on their side. This prevents air and more moisture from getting into the ear. The sweet oil helps as well and kind of draws the water from the bottom of the ear. I am no expert but it has always helped me as well as the babies I know.
5)Wash Your Hands
One sure way to prevent anyone from getting sick whether it is a baby or adult is to wash your hands. In any medical facility that’s one of the main things they tell you to do when you come in and when you leave. It is also a pretty easy way to get you and your little one clean. But out of convenience or if there is not a place to wash your hands then you can always substitute with some hand sanitizer. You can always by a travel size bottle of hand sanitizer and keep it on you. Or if you are on the go and really don’t even have the time for that you can always use sanitizer wipes or just normal baby wipes. I’m not a crazy germaphobe and I have personally had moments where My baby girl has thrown up and put her hands in it and then everything around her. When its something little like sticky food or you just do not have anything else it isn’t a bad idea to just use wipes. They are quick and they get the job done for little messes.
To sum everything up I just think that it is a good idea to take precautions so that your baby or child or even yourself do not get sick. As a mom I know that that’s the worst feeling when your baby is sick and they are not their normal self. So those are my 5 ways to prevent your baby from getting sick
If you feel like I missed anything or you have any good ways to prevent little ones from getting sick, please comment and let me know.