Babies are prone to diseases because their immune system is not so fully developed. A simple flu can take a toll on your baby’s health. Even though the risk of spreading diseases to your baby will occur during close encounters such as bathing, feeding, changing diapers- you can reduce such risks by following some simple steps.
Continue Breastfeeding Him
Continue breastfeeding your little champion/princess even when sick. According to a research on care.com breastfeeding your child will help protect the baby from contracting the disease. Common illnesses such as flu cannot be transmitted to the baby through breastfeeding. Additionally, breastmilk contains antibodies that will help strengthen your baby’s immune system. Doctors discourage breastfeeding if you have HIV/AIDS, human T-cell lymphotropic virus and tuberculosis or if the mother is taking antiretroviral meds or undergoing chemotherapy.
Practice healthy habits for life
Healthy habits that benefit your mental, physical, and emotional health improve overall well-being. While healthy habits can be hard to develop, practicing them around your baby will help reduce the risks of infections. It’s important to drink plenty of fluids, rest as much as possible and take care of yourself to shorten the length of your illness. Additionally, make sure you wash your hands with warm water and soap frequently before handling your baby.
Ask for help from your partner
Communicable diseases such as common cold and influenza can be easily transmitted to your child or anyone you come into close contact with. The best way you can prevent the transmission of such diseases is by minimizing contact as possible. You can solicit your partner or a family member to take care of your child until you’re well. However, if your baby is still breastfeeding, you can pump milk using a breast pump and ask your partner/ family member to help feed the baby.
Prevent Airborne Transmission
If your partner isn’t around to help take care of your baby, here’s what you should do. Try not to sneeze or breathe directly into your little one face and whenever possible, exit your baby’s room if you need to sneeze or a cough. CDC recommends wearing a face mask when you’re ill and even placing a blanket between you and the baby when breastfeeding to minimize the risk of transmission.