Having a baby can be challenging enough without the worries the cold winter months can bring. Challenges you may face when winter comes around is seasonal colds and trying to keep you baby at the perfect temperature. It’s important to do what you can to protect your little ones and try your best to keep them healthy throughout the long winter months. Here are some tips for caring for your baby during winter.
Massage Your Baby
Massaging your baby can be a soothing and relaxing experience for them. You can massage them comfortably for 10-30 minutes at a time to help reduce crying and fussiness. Gently giving your baby a full body massage will keep the blood circulating, helping them get to sleep more peacefully. It can also alleviate common illness like constipation and colic.
You can use an oil or simply warm up your hands before you start massaging. Some even say that massaging your baby can give them the ability to fight off germs. It produces serotonin in their brain, releasing a feel good hormone to make them feel more relaxed and helping them to drift off to sleep.
When it comes to bathing your baby during winter, you want to ensure they are always warm. Warm up the room they are going to be bathing in by using a heater to bring the room to a comfortable temperature. Before you start bathing your baby, prepare their change of clothes, towel and anything else you made need.
Bathe your baby in warm water that is comfortable to the touch. Use your elbow or the inside of your wrist to test the temperature. If you have a thermometer, the ideal temperature is thought to be around 38 degrees C. Bath them for no longer than 10-15 minutes.
Protect Against Illness
While you can try your hardest to protect your child from illness, you can’t protect them from every virus going around. However, there are some precautions you can take to minimise the chances of your baby getting sick. Make sure you and everyone else who holds your baby is washing their hands before holding and playing with them. This is one of the simplest ways of avoiding spreading cold and flu germs.
Precautions When You’re Out & About
When you are out and about there is more chance of your baby becoming unwell. Most winter diseases are spread through coughing, sneezing and direct contact. This is why it’s important to try and keep your baby away from crowded places. However, you will have to leave the house at some point, so there are some precautionary measures you can take.
A good way to comfortably protect your baby is to have them in a pram. You can find prams online for reasonable prices and they are a great way to ensure your baby is comfortable and tucked away from people’s germs. Putting a cover over your baby's pram is another trick so your baby is tucked away warm, cosy and out of the way of germs. They can even get some shut eye while you’re on the move.
If your baby does fall ill and is suffering from a cold, there are some at home remedies that are safe for babies. However, if you are unsure about the signs always check with your doctor.