How Can I Protect My Newborn Baby from COVID-19?

The Department of Health recently announced that the wearing of face masks is discouraged for kids under 2 years old. The mask might actually be a choking hazard and it may cause difficulty in your baby’s breathing. While informative guidelines are always helpful, the announcement has left more than a few parents wondering… How else can I protect my newborn baby from COVID-19? In addition to making lifestyle changes thanks to your role as new parents and adapting your home to the needs of a newborn, there are also a few things you can do to keep your baby protected during this pandemic. Keep on reading to learn about some simple ways you can keep your newborn safe and healthy.

How Can I Protect My Newborn Baby from COVID-19?

(Header) Get vaccinated. 

In the same way doctors recommend parents and those who will be closely caring for your newborn baby be up-to-date with their whopping cough and flu vaccinations, it also recommended to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If everyone in the household is vaccinated, the risk of infection for your baby declines. Wondering what the other benefits of vaccination are? Check out why these real moms chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine here.

 

(Header) Limit visitors to your home for now. 

We’re all familiar with social distancing and intimate gatherings, but it gets a little complicated when a new baby is involved. It’s only natural that grandparents, family, and friends alike will want to meet the baby and help you out in whatever way. It’s your responsibility to minimize interactions, especially with anyone who is feeling sickly. You have every right to be selective who, if any, can come into close contact with your baby. Your loved ones may feel hurt, but they will surely understand it’s what’s best for the baby.

 

(Header) Wash your hands regularly. 

This is something good to practice in every household, pandemic or not. Remember to wash your hands before touching your baby, after handling food or the never-ending deliveries, as well as regularly in between your tasks throughout the day. You can even make it an efficient bonding activity and wash your hands together with your baby’s. It’s also helpful to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, on top of regular hand-washing.

 

(Header) Follow careful and hygienic practices when preparing food. 

Whether we’re talking about breastmilk or solid baby food, be careful with the tools you’re using to prepare the food, especially the apparatus that will be in contact with your baby. This includes baby bottles, utensils, high chairs, and the like. There are a number of items currently available in the market which you can use to help make sterilizing and sanitizing a little easier.

 

(Header) Keep up-to-date with your baby's routine check-ups. 

Hospitals might be the last place you want to take your newborn, but routine check-ups with your pediatrician are crucial for their health. These scheduled visits are meant to monitor their growth and development, as well as administer certain infant vaccinations for their protection. Talk to your pediatrician about the steps they’ve taken to make their office a safe environment for their patients, if you are having any hesitations.

 

(Header) Stay informed and follow the latest guidelines. 

It’s important to be aware of the latest news and developments in order to make better decisions for your baby and your family. Read up on the latest guidelines and best practices from health experts and credible government organizations to protect your home from COVID-19. While this can be done while scrolling your newsfeed, be prudent about the source of information of the articles you read online. Always ask your medical practitioner if you have any questions or concerns before consulting Dr. Google.

 

 

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