With cold and flu season almost here you are probably looking for ways to keep baby and your family healthy. While there is no way to prevent illness altogether there are some things you can do to minimize the number of times baby gets sick.
- Wash Hands: Washing your hands and baby’s hands is the best and easiest way to keep everyone healthy.
- Sleep: Lack of sleep can lower the body’s immune response, make sure the kids (and parents) are getting enough sleep. Babies may need up to 18 hours of sleep and toddlers between 12 and 13 hours, check with your child’s pediatrician to see how much sleep they should be getting.
- Avoid Large Crowds: This can be hard in the winter as most activities are indoors around a lot of people, but try to limit exposure to large crowds.
- Probiotics: Probiotics are living micro-organisms found in healthy digestive tracts*. They help maintain the balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in the gut* and can support immune function. Probiotics are meant to be taken on a regular basis and work best over time. You can feed baby probiotic rich foods like yogurt or kefir or give them a daily probiotic supplement like Mommy’s Bliss Probiotic Drops*.
- Sanitize frequently used surfaces: Make sure you are routinely cleaning and sanitizing frequently used surfaces and items like counter tops, cell phones, etc.