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As the weather changes from cold winters to sultry summers, we become more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. And while as adults, it's still easier to recover faster, this change can get quite tricky for babies.
This weather transition in India, clubbed with increased pollution, can wreak havoc on the health of our little one's. So how can one protect them?
Well, we spoke to Mahalakshmi Chowdhary Khan, advisor at Teddyy Baby Diaper Panel, Nobel Hygiene, who suggested simple ways for parents to care for their growing babies in this changing weather conditions.
It is best to dress your baby in layers, especially if you are planning to be outdoors for more than a couple of hours. "This will enable you to add or remove the layers of clothing for your baby’s comfort throughout the day," says Khan.
Breast milk is best for your baby, the benefits of which are beyond the subject of basic nourishment.
"Do not miss out on timely vaccinations and breastfeeding for the first six months. These are essential to start building the baby’s immune system. Breast milk contains disease-fighting elements that protect your baby from illness," she says.
A change in the weather conditions bring along with it the onset of a number of allergies and diaper rashes. Proper care and choosing right diaper can prevent bacteria and rashes for the baby.
"Preference should be given to the quality of the diaper rather than fragrance or cost. Diapers that promise fragrance should be avoided because they are treated with chemicals and may irritate your baby's skin. Additionally, 24/7 diapering can cause heat rashes. Thus it is important that you also let your baby’s bottom breathe for about 10-15 minutes every day," advises Khan.
Bathing can be a most enjoyable time for some babies, sitting in their little tub and playing with toys.
Khan says, "But it is important to change the bathing time in certain season like winter and rainy when the temperature is low in the morning. Baby should be given bath mid-afternoon which will help in avoiding catching cold by the baby."
Eating right can give your baby necessary vitamins and minerals and help her or him fight infections due to changes in weather.
She says, "Parents must remember that children getting a balanced diet can increase their immunity to prevent illness. Here choosing a good daycare also becomes very important, where kids get healthy and wholesome food."
It is important for parents to bear in mind that exposure to an infected person or a dirty surrounding can easily get their baby sick. While, anti-bodies in mother’s breast milk can keep children healthy, surrounding bacteria and viruses can still make them ill. Keep them away from crowded places as far as possible.
"If your baby is sent to a day care centre, the supervising adult should be advised to send sick children home so that others don’t get infected," she says.
In the end, despite taking best efforts to protect your little ones, climate changes are bound to have some effect. But, do not worry too much as getting sick is part and parcel of growing up.
To fight infections our bodies produce anti-bodies, a process by which babies develop their immune system and get stronger. However, if your baby gets sick often, make sure you take precaution and visit a pediatrician immediately.
Read: Just had a summer baby? Here are 6 ways to protect her from the summer heat
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