With the seasons changing and everyone’s kids heading back to school, that can only mean one thing, cold and flu season. Even if your baby doesn’t come into direct contact with bigger kids, or you do a good job of wiping down everything you can with Lysol Wipes, there is still a real chance your little one can get exposed to germs.
Fear not! Here at Infanttech, we are focused on areas of safety for your baby including keeping them healthy. Here are some tips to help keep germs at bay and illness out of your house.
- Do your best to avoid knobs, handles and stair railings. I know it sounds practically impossible, but these surfaces are filled with germs and so many other particles. Wear long sleeves and tuck your hands inside of them or keep a pair of mittens handy to wear when turning handles
- Take your vitamins, especially Vitamin C. It is important for you to keep your immune system up so you can fight bad germs for you and your baby. Most likely, your baby will catch something from you.
- Wash your hands as often as possible. The average person touches their face an average of 6 times per hour, and common objects an average of 3.3 times per hour so it is important to make sure your hands are clean so germs are not being ingested when you touch your face (or your baby’s.) Also, keep antibacterial lotion near you when soap and water aren’t readily available.
- Don’t share food and drink.
- Minimize dust and dander. Vacuum and sweep regularly, dust and make sure your air filter is changed regularly.
- Put a cool-mist humidifier in your baby’s room to keep their sinus cavities from getting congested and keeps mucus from clogging the nose, throat and chest. It also keeps the skin, eyes and lips from drying out or getting chapped; which is common in the dryer, colder winter.
- Wash toys, especially after playdates. While you might be in control of your baby’s environment, you have no idea where your baby’s friends have been. They may have older siblings who go to school or they might have been in a germy public place. Here is a tutorial on an easy way to clean baby’s toys and here is how to wash stuffed animals.
- Keep a thermometer handy. Traditional thermometers are very obsolete and can irritate and make baby uncomfortable. We recommend trying smarttemp – a wireless Bluetooth thermometer allowing parents to see their baby’s temperature through their smart phone. Simply applies the small thermometer under the baby’s armpit and adheres it with the included adhesive pad, open the free downloadable smartphone app, and continuously monitor baby’s temperature on your smart phone without any fuss. Now you can have peace of mind with a smarter thermometer. Ease away the frustration that a regular thermometer creates for parents; when all you want is to reduce the stress when your baby isn’t feeling well.
Here are a few other preventative measures to help you more.