Newborn babies require continued care and support until they reach a point where they can sustain themselves on their own in a better way. But they need extra care during the winter season as a drop in temperature triggers various processes within the body to keep itself safe and the vital organs functioning well.
Most of the energy is then used to maintain the body temperature appropriately, diverting it from other areas. This is where the immunity of the body takes a hit as well.
During winters, the microbes and viruses thrive and find hosts to infect. Combined with decreased immunity, babies become an easy target for diseases and their chances of falling ill increase.
Here’s how you can take care of a baby’s skin and overall health during the winter season and ensure they stay healthy throughout the winter season.
Dress Your Newborn in Warm, Comfortable Garments
When indoors during the winter months, be sure that your little one is dressed warm and comfortable at all times, even if that means putting little mittens on their hands to keep their hands from getting cold. Be sure that they have footie, or socks on at all times so they feel completely cozy and snuggly warm.
Use Lightweight Blankets
Laying a nice heavy blanket on your baby to keep them warm may seem the best way to comfort your little one in winter, but it isn’t the safest way to keep them warm. If you use heavy blankets to keep your little one warm, they won’t be able to move their arms freely. Hence, it is suggested that you use a light blanket and keep the room temperature optimal.
Massage Your Baby Well
For the proper growth and development of your child, it is important that you massage them daily. The very act of massaging stimulates the blood flow within the body and increases the sense of well-being, which indirectly boosts the immunity of the baby. Use a good massage oil for massaging and massage the baby gently. And while doing so, make sure that the room in which you massage baby is warm, especially during the winter season.
Breastfeed Your Baby
Breast milk contains antibodies and nutrients that help strengthen a baby’s immunity and protect them from the usual winter problems. So even if you have started them on solids, continue breastfeeding. Breast milk will provide them with all the nutrients they need to stay healthy during this winter. And while breastfeeding, the warmth of your body will also relax the baby.
Maintain Your Own Hygiene
You are going to be the first point of contact for your child. Hence, it is absolutely necessary for you to stay clean and healthy. Wash your hands and disinfect them with a sanitizer every time you attend to your child. Germs can find the smallest way of reaching your baby, so make sure you stop all paths right away. If you have guests or visitors, politely ask them to wash their hands or use a sanitizer before they attend to the baby.