Keeping Baby Healthy
We’re all more careful these days about handwashing and keeping a safe distance away from one another to stay healthy. At Mommy’s Bliss we’re pulling out and sharing all our tools and tricks to help keep baby healthy and keep their immunity up this season. We’ve also got some tips to help make baby more comfortable if they do experience an occasional cough.
WASH THOSE HANDS
Keeping hands clean is fundamental to keep everyone healthy- baby too. Introduce hand-washing into baby’s routine so they develop a lifelong good habit: before and after meals, after coming home, and after playing outside are all key times to wash both baby’s hands and your own. This can be particularly important when baby is teething and constantly sticking her hands in her mouth!
SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP!
Lack of sleep can lower the body’s immune response, so make sure your little one is 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. We know how hard it can be for busy parents to get enough sleep themselves but do your best. There’s no shame in letting the laundry or dishes pile up a bit.
AVOID LARGE CROWDS
We know it’s been hard to stay away from big gatherings, but doing so is key to staying healthy this winter. If your children are in daycare, they are likely often in close quarters with others. This means it’s all the more important to make handwashing second nature, to remind everyone to wash and use hand sanitizer regularly, and to make it a habit to give the hands a good long scrub before eating, after using the bathroom, and first thing when returning home from the outside world.
SANITIZE SURFACES & ITEMS
Make sure you are routinely cleaning and sanitizing frequently used surfaces and items like counter tops, cell phones, etc. Those baby toys can get particularly gross when your little one is teething and should get a routine wipe down as well. We love Seventh Generation’s botanical disinfecting wipes. They are safe for baby and SO easy to use. If possible, avoid letting your baby play with objects such as cell phones & car keys, as they can harbor quite a bit of yucky bacteria.
One of our favorite supplements is black elderberry syrup, which has been used since the time of ancient Greece to support immunity. Our Organic Baby Elderberry Drops include zinc and organic echinacea for added support, and they are made with agave syrup, making them delicious and appropriate for babies 4 months and older.
GIVE A DAILY PROBIOTIC
Probiotics help support a balance of healthy bacteria in the gut and can support digestion and boost immunity. Try feeding your little one probiotic rich foods like yogurt or kefir or give her a daily probiotic supplement to keep her immune system strong.
Keeping Baby Comfortable When They’re Not Feeling Well
Your little one needs plenty of rest. Start by providing a quiet, comfortable place for him to catch those much needed zzz’s. You’ll also want to make sure to stick to calm, restful activities. Books, puzzles, art projects, or even a favorite show can all be good options. And of course, extra cuddles!
For kids over 12 months old, honey can be a safe way to soothe an irritated throat and reduce occasional coughing. But what can you turn to when your little one is still under a year old? Try Mommy’s Bliss Organic Baby Cough Syrup. It’s formulated with organic agave, which is soothing and approved for babies 4 months+, along with slippery elm bark, organic ivy leaf, and herbal extracts.* The daytime version includes elderberry to support immunity and the nighttime version includes our Bedtime Bliss Blend of organic chamomile, organic lemon balm, and organic passion flower to help promote the restful sleep baby needs.
STEAM & HUMIDITY
Moist air is key to clearing mucus and can help to loosen nasal secretions making it easier for baby to breathe. Try keeping a humidifier running in your child’s room or sitting in a hot, steamy bathroom for 15 minutes a couple of times a day. A warm, steamy bath is also helpful for calming your little one and helping break up mucus.
For kids that are older, prop up one end of their crib mattress, or if they are in a bed, prop up a few pillows to reduce the amount of postnasal drip. This will help with the coughing overnight.
Staying hydrated is very important. Young babies may want formula or breastmilk more often when they aren’t feeling well. For older kids, make sure they are getting plenty of water.
Remember to always consult your child’s physician when they aren’t feeling well.