Small babies soon fall prey to disease, therefore it is very important to give them special care. Getting sick again and again is not good for their health and may hinder their physical mental development. And babies are at higher risk to get disease in cold and flu season.
It is key to take some precautionary measures to protect your child from the disease, doctors always recommend multivitamins for infants and toddlers that increase their immunity and give them sufficient energy to fight against viruses and bacteria.
10 Ways To Keep Baby Healthy :
Here are some tips you can do to help protect your baby from harmful disease -:
- Get the Child Vaccinated :
Vaccines help protect infants and toddlers from serious illness and deadly diseases such as polio, tetanus, measles, diphtheria, and more. Vaccines are very safe, as they are given after careful review by scientists and researchers. Children who receive all their vaccinations become less ill than those who do not get proper immunizations.
- Give Breast Feed :
Breastfeed increases the immunity of infants because antibodies are supplied to them through breast milk. And these antibodies help them to fight against viruses and bacteria. It also boosts brain growth and lowers the risks of chronic diseases such as asthma, respiratory illness, etc. It has been discovered that the children who breastfed for the first six months rarely visit the doctor and hospitals.
- Wash your hands frequently :
It is advised to wash your hands when you return from the market or other public places before touching or holding a baby. This decreases the chances of getting sick. You can use hand sanitizer in case of an emergency or while you are out, it will prevent bacteria from spreading. But make sure it dries properly before picking up the baby.
- Give Supplements :
Supplements such as vitamin k, C, D, B12, and iron boost the immunity of small children. Vitamin C specifically helps young children against infection and plays an important role in children’s immune health.
Doctors also advise iron supplements for babies who are younger than 6 months of age, these supplements help in increasing the level of iron in the blood and keep babies away from anemia. Untreated iron deficiency can affect a toddler’s growth and make him more susceptible
to infectious viruses.
- Provide Healthy Food -:
Mother’s milk is best for babies until 6 months, but after that, you should choose healthy and nutritional full food for your loved one along with breastfeeding. You can start with an iron-fortified baby cereal mix, mashed fruits, and vegetables such as spinach, peas, potatoes, pears, ripe bananas, apples, boiled rice, oats, etc. Eating healthy food will give your child enough energy to fight germs and will also help in building strong bones and muscles.
- Avoid Travelling -:
Do not travel if you don’t need much because small babies can suffer from motion sickness while traveling. The reason for this is that the immune system of young infants is not fully developed and at the same time they are not able to tolerate climate change.
- Avoid sick people when you have a newborn baby :
As previously mentioned , the immune system of newborns takes a few months to years to fully develop, so it is better to keep sick people away from your newborn baby. Meeting with sick people may increase the risk of exposure to an infectious disease.
- Prioritize your baby’s sleep :
Sleep is very essential for the well-being of your child. It has been seen that babies who take sufficient sleep are healthier and have strong immune systems. It plays a vital role in developing a child’s physical and mental health. Always feed your baby before bedtime, so that he does not feel hungry while sleeping, because hunger can disturb his sleep.
- Keep Your Child Active :
Physical activities play a vital role to maintain lifelong health. As it has been said “Active baby is a healthy baby”, the more children do the physical activities, the more are the chances to stay fit. Choose the right activities according to the age of your baby and give at least 1 hour a day to them. Your children will not only enjoy them, but it will also provide many health benefits to your babies (such as keep their heart & lungs healthy and strengthen their bones & muscles.)
- Show your love :
Show your love to your baby by cuddling and touching him.
Always respond and hug him tightly whenever he cries because this increases the level of oxytocin and it further boosts up many growth hormones.
In Final Words :
Small babies are at greater risk of illness because of the immature immune system. So being a parent it is necessary to defend your child from dangerous viruses and bacteria. You can follow the above suggestions to protect your loved ones from germs and diseases.