Six Ways to Prevent Infections in Babies
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Many infections are preventable, and being more conscious of hygiene and infection control methods can help keep your baby healthy. Be sure you follow these infection prevention strategies so your little one can focus on growing instead of fighting bugs.
1. Wash your hands
The fact that proper handwashing can prevent infections is well known, but many people need to brush up on their handwashing skills and habits. You should wash your hands after going to the toilet, at every nappy change, and before preparing or handling food. Proper handwashing involves a good scrub with attention to all the parts of the hands.
2. Pack a hand sanitiser or wipes
If you’re going out, pop some antiseptic wipes or hand sanitiser in the baby bag. These materials do not replace a proper hand wash, but can be very useful if you find yourself without access to a bathroom.
3. Be a gatekeeper
Babies and toddlers tend to put everything in their mouths. This is their way of exploring the world, and should not be disrupted, but try to act as a gatekeeper when your little one draws particularly dirty objects to their mouth.
4. Keep things clean
Aiming for complete sterility is useless, and in any case, there is some evidence that exposure to the world’s bugs and substances is a good thing when it comes to allergic conditions. Nevertheless you should try to maintain a hygienic home environment. Laundry and bedding need to be washed appropriately, and toys and eating utensils need to be cleaned well.
5. Be cautious if you are sick
If you have an infection, try not to spread it to your baby or other family members. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and wash your hands regularly.
6. Stay up to date with vaccinations
The shots that babies get are given for good reason: they cause an immune reaction that protects your children against the more serious infections like bacterial meningitis and pneumonia. Make sure you are up to date with the immunisation schedule.
The information in this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.