How to Ensure Safety of Your Newborn During Covid 19 Pandemic
Guest Post by: Christine Mauris
Having a baby is a beautiful experience. However, it is not all rainbows and sunshine. Looking after an infant can be challenging, especially now that the whole world is dealing with COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic. What this means is that you should take some extra precautions to ensure the safety of your baby during this period. Here’s how you can go about it.
1. Maintain Proper Hygiene
Typically, you are advised to maintain proper hygiene when you have a newborn because they have a weak immune system. Now, you can take your hygiene levels a notch higher. This goes beyond washing the baby.
We know that COVID-19 is contagious, and it is spread through droplets from an infected person, which can happen when they cough or sneeze or touch a surface, and someone else also touches the same spot.
That is why we need to wash our hands regularly using soap and water for 20 seconds or more. If you can’t access soap and water, a hand sanitizer with a 70% alcohol content is the next best thing.
Additionally, you need to frequently clean and disinfect surfaces within the home. When cleaning surfaces, pay attention to these areas; kitchen tables, door handles, bathroom fixtures, desktops, mobile phones, and light switches. Generally, you should clean anywhere that people touch.
Also, thoroughly clean your baby’s toys, feeding equipment, and clothes. Anyone who comes in contact with the infant should also maintain a high level of hygiene.
2. Get Your Child Immunized
Immunization or vaccination helps to protect babies from so many diseases, some of which could be fatal, resulting in paralysis or death. Therefore, you should make sure they keep getting their vaccines to protect them from both corona and other severe infections and illnesses.
When you keep in touch with your pediatrician, they will update you on the immunizations your child should be given.
3. Feed Your Baby Healthy Food
Infants require the right foods to enable them to grow and develop healthily. Healthy eating, in this case, can be classified under the proper balance of nutrients and the correct portion sizes.
You can have food with various tastes and textures to allow them to enjoy different nutrients through their various development stages. The portions prevent a newborn from being underfed or obese.
You may not be able to run to the store all the time to get what you need to prepare your baby’s food. If this is the case, you can always order fresh organic baby food and any probiotics and vitamins you need.
The goal here is to build your baby’s immune system to enable them to fight infections like coronavirus and give them the nutrients they need for healthy development.
4. Practice social distancing
Yes, people all over the world are being advised to practice social distancing. Just like the term suggests, you should keep your distance from other people. This should be your priority if you have a newborn.
Be aware of both the number and density of people in a particular place. Research shows that when someone infected with COVID- 19 sneezes or coughs, the droplets can reach up to six feet from where they are. Therefore, avoid being in locations with so many people or lack of adequate space.
It is a joy to visit a parent and see a newborn baby. Since we are operating under unusual circumstances, this is not advisable. Your friends and family can still meet your baby VIRTUALLY!
You can try alternative forms of greetings for the few who come into contact with you and the people. You can explore fist bumps or bowing your head or something as long as you don’t shake their hands or hug them.
You might feel like you are going overboard with the safety of your newborn, but this is okay because it’s better to be safe than sorry. It is normal to be scared, given the COVID-19 nightmare. However, you should not panic because you can ensure your baby’s safety with the measures discussed here.
Our thanks to Christine Mauris for this informative post about newborn safety.
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