After hot humid months, cold winter brings much needed respite. Winter brings cold and along with winter diseases such as cough, sneeze and flu. The bodies of babies are gentle and sensitive. Mothers are always worried in the start of winter season and feel very tense about their babies. A wise mother has to do some extra efforts to comfort her baby in winter season if common cold strikes and should take care for maintaining the health of her baby in proper way.
Naturally boost your baby’s immunity by breast feeding. Dehydration is a common side effect of winter diseases. Sore throats and stuffy noses can make it difficult for a baby to drink. Give your baby plenty of breast milk or formula milk. Ensure your baby’s vaccinations are up to date to protect him from viruses and bacteria. Keep your baby away from sick people and avoid going to crowded places as most of the winter diseases are spread through coughs, sneezes and by direct contact. In winter season, the cold air directly enters the body through ears and nose. The body of the babies gets affected any time through this open body parts. Their body may catch cold which then results into cough or fever. So, while going out door with babies, this fact should be kept in mind to cover the babies properly and comfortably in warm clothes including head and ears. The feet of the babies should be covered with soft woolen made shoes.
In places where it is very cold and there is snow fall, you should have different precautions and care for the babies. A snow suit or bunting provides a better protection against cold and snow. Once the baby is dressed in his outfit for the day, you can simply slip him into the snowsuit or bunting just before you go out door. Snow suits have form fitting legs and arms and are equipped with hoods, while buntings are like little sleeping bags, with a seam between the legs. A soft hat or cap can help to keep out the cold. The palm and fingers of the baby should not be exposed in cold winter season. For safety you can put mittens on their hands. Once you go in door even if it is just for a few minutes, you should take at least one layer off your baby so that he will not perspire. Otherwise, the dampness will make him sick.
Giving bath to a baby is a matter of great concern for parents. While giving them bath do not over do baths in winter with lot of soap and water because this can dry out the baby’s delicate and sensitive skin. Use mild baby soap and warm water when bathing your baby. One should not use very hot water. You can have alternate between proper bath and sponge bath for new born babies as they do not get dirty in winter. Diapers should be changed frequently as the urine output is usually more in winter and if the baby remains wet for a longer time can have cold.
Skin of the baby is usually very sensitive. The skin care products which are rich in vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin E should be applied regularly. Massaging a new born baby in winter can improve his blood circulation and help build his immunity. Proper oil based moisturizer should be used for protecting the skin of the baby in getting dry in cold winter season. If you apply body cream or baby oil, rub your hands briskly together to warm them up first, then keep the cream or oil on your palms for a few seconds so that it warms up to your body temperature and then apply it to the baby. In many places most of the mothers use mustard oil on their baby as it warms the body of the baby. If you find the smell of mustard oil too strong then you can change to some other oil. Some babies have skin allergy if used mustard oil on their body. It is advisable to use baby oil on them.
Winter can be difficult time if your baby suffers from cold and flu. The foods your baby takes may have an impact on how well is his immune system. Feeding your baby whole grain infant cereal instead of cereals made with rice or refined flour provides the baby with more nutrients for a stronger immune system. Cereals made with oats, millet and buckwheat contains more beneficial iron and vitamin B for preventing winter time illness. Vegetables such as carrots supply the baby with vitamins and minerals that keep the baby’s immune system functioning properly and the baby can fight off winter time cold and flu. Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, green beans and peas are additional choice that can help to boost the baby’s winter immunity. A little more care in winter for your baby can keep the baby safe and healthy.