How to Keep Your Baby Healthy This Winter

How to keep baby healthy during cold winter

It is important for parents to protect their baby as much as possible from getting sick during winter season. During this cold season the flu virus and cold are found in home and schools. Parents are in search if there are any ways, they can protect their child from cold and flu. The obvious answer is in negative. The same was answered by Prof Paul Offit, The Chief Executive of Infectious Disease at Children Hospital, Philadelphia USA.

how to keep your child healthy during winter

The viruses which infect in cold weather are airborne (present in the air). It is observe if someone suffering from such virus/infection, they are likely to spread to others who are in contact with them and they do not properly protecting themselves. The baby or toddler they are needed to be kept far away from sufferer with at least minimum distance of 4-6 feet. But still likely chances are baby may catch the virus due to their weak or developing body defense.

Flu in School and Class

This has been commonly observe among children who are going to school, they may catch cold and flu from there. Mostly it is from class room or from their class mates who are suffering from it. Secondly child may catches from within house also, one of you or baby in house suffering from cold and flu. To protect baby parents needs and try to keep the child far away from sufferer to protect the baby.

In both the places as mentioned above the chances are likely to spread flu and may affect family suffer.

 Absenteeism: Child or adult who is suffering from cold, cough and viral infection will make unable to go to school or office. Their absent are marked either in school or office. Secondly they may infect other family members. Thirdly they should be isolated not to infect other family members living in the house.

The winter viral infection is spreadable infection and this can catch from someone before the victim develop the symptoms. In such cases keeping your baby or yourself away does not guarantee to protect from sneezing or coughing. We are providing below brief guidelines as provided by experts.

 How to protect during winter

There are many simple steps by which you can protect baby from germs and remain healthy during the winter season. It seems, it is still possible the baby may catch cold in winter whatever precaution we as parent take. But we still need to adopt and follow steps to fight with germs and Flu virus during entire winter.

how to protect your child during cold winter

School is mostly the source of infection

In Pakistan it is difficult but still you can play role in formulating a strategy / policy in Day Care Centers, Montessori or primary school to keep away sick children from healthy children. In such cases if child is suffering from flu or cough and cold should stay away from school for few days till sick child is fully recovered.

Flu Shot Vaccination

To protect the baby please ensure to have Flu Shot on yearly basis. It will be good to have flu shot before the onset of winter or cold weather. The Flu Shot on yearly basis to be given to each child who is above six month old. This time is normally during September or October but it is never too late. It is also needed to protect your child, simply ensuring baby has all of its vaccines as per schedule and age.

Importance of Hand washing for protection

By regular and proper handwashing which is very simple, effective and easy to follow. This will help you and baby to get rid of flu germs and protect from infection. Please also ensure to properly wash your hand after changing the diaper or cleaning the baby running nose each time. This habit of hand washing with soap to be applied also on baby and sibling at all time. Ensure hand washing before eating the food with hands or when he/she is coming from outside such as from day care center or from play area or coming out of home.

As a parent we have to ensure the Aya (home servant available in Pakistan) or care giver knows and strictly comply with hand washing techniques. If your child is going to day care please ensure the care givers are aware, vigilant and complying with hand washing standard. If it is not up to the mark please discuss with school management and make sure they realize its importance and ensure to comply. This will make sure win win situation for all of us.

Article written by Mahmood Hussain for Baby First

About Mahmood Hussain

Professional Experience More than 36 years work experience in Healthcare & Pharmaceutical sectorDirector & General Manager Baby First (Pvt.) Ltd Pakistan March 2011 – till to date I have been associated with Baby First (Pvt) Ltd for more than 5 years. It is advisory, community and social interaction medium for parents 16-38 years and babies 0-6 years.General Manager Aga Khan Health Service Pakistasn December 2005 – December 2007 (2 years 1 month)Based at Karachi Pakistan Worked as General Manager managing Karachi & Baluchistan Health care services of AKHSP which includes primary and secondary health care centers and diagnostic centers on all areas nearly 102 centers which include three leading hospitals in Karachi.General Manager Janssen Cilag (Johnson & Johnson) February 1998 – January 2005 (7 years)Education MBA, Marketing 1995 – 1996, Preston University MSc, Biochemistry 1970 – 1974, Karachi University

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