These Tips Can Keep Your Newborn Baby Healthy in the Winter
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Keeping your newborn baby healthy this winter starts before they are born, but there are plenty of things you can do to support their immune health after your bundle of joy arrives.
Did you give birth to your newborn baby in the winter? If so, this can be a scary time to have a baby as so many viruses and infections tend to be worse in the winter.
Not to mention, everyone wants to hold and kiss your baby when they visit, making new parents worried for their child’s well-being.
In this guide, our health experts weigh in on tips for keeping your newborn baby healthy this winter when respiratory viruses are at their peak.
Should You Worry If Your Newborn Baby Was Born In Winter?
It’s natural to want to keep your newborn baby protected from illnesses, even if they aren’t born in the winter. However, cold weather may increase the risk of a newborn baby getting sick.
According to the US National Institute of Health (NIH),
How Does A Newborn Baby Get Sick?
“Babies get infected as adults tend to kiss them or touch them without washing their hands first. There is no need to limit visitors to the house but you should observe personal hygiene. Be considerate to not visit a baby when you are under the weather,” advises Physician Lim.
Researchers associated this with the higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in women who give birth in the autumn and winter than those who give birth in the spring or summer.
Higher levels of cortisol in pregnant women have previously been associated with a higher risk of children developing mental health disorders. However, the research did not investigate the reason for the higher levels of cortisol.
Tips To Help Keep Your Newborn Baby Healthy This Winter
There are several TCM remedies you can also use to keep your baby healthy.
Performing acupressure on the acupoint Zu San Li (ST36) can help boost immunity. It is also known as “the point of longevity” and “the point of one hundred diseases” as it can help many different ailments.
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For infants with gastrointestinal symptoms, such as gas or fussiness, consider giving them an infant herbal tea to help them sleep better. This is imperative for good immunity. You can also keep them warm on cold winter nights by giving them an infant herbal bath.
According to TCM, this helps dispel Heat and Wind
Boost Their Immunity During Pregnancy
To ensure your little one has a healthy start to life, consider taking steps to boost their immune health while you are pregnant.
“Once your newborn baby arrives, dress the baby appropriately and bring the baby outdoors for fresh air. Avoid going to indoor malls as there is a higher tendency for infection due to the crowd. More people tend to stay indoors during winter as it is cold,” Physician Lim cautions.
Seek professional advice for TCM prescriptions during pregnancy to strengthen immunity or as required.
How do you keep your baby healthy during the winter? Share your tips with us in the comments below.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2010. NIH alerts caregivers to increase in SIDS risk during cold weather.
- Cardiff University. 2019. New research could explain why babies born during winter are at higher risk of developing mental health disorders.
- Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. 1998. Breastfeeding provides passive and likely long-lasting active immunity.
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