Premature babies are susceptible to all sorts of illnesses, especially during cold and flu season. There are some things that you can do that can help to lessen the risk of your baby getting sick though, even if other people around you are catching colds.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
One of the best ways for anyone to avoid getting sick and passing along germs is to wash your hands often. If this isn’t already a habit for you, it might take some getting used to doing more often. Soap and water are definitely your friends. Make sure that you use plenty of soap and rinse well. It’s also a good idea to keep hand sanitizer available in case you can’t get to a sink and soap.
Avoid Being Around Crowds
Crowds are a danger in terms of picking up illnesses simply because everyone tends to be much closer together than they would be otherwise. This can mean that you pick up a germ or two that readily hitchhikes back home with you. Even if you don’t get sick, you can still bring enough of the germs home that they make your baby sick.
Get Your Own Vaccines
Getting your own seasonal vaccines is important because it means that you’re far less susceptible to all those germs out there. Talk to your doctor about which vaccines make the most sense for you to get and any other special considerations that you need to take into account. Vaccines for the flu, pneumonia, and other ailments are also important for other friends and family members who come in frequent contact with your baby.
Get Help if You’re Sick
If you’re sick, taking care of yourself is difficult enough. The problem becomes much bigger if you’re worried that you’ll pass along your germs to your premature baby, though. While friends and family might be able to help, you may want to consider pediatric home health care. They can deal with any special needs your baby has while you heal.
Following more than just one or two tips is more likely to help you and baby stay away from the same cold everyone else is passing around.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Pediatric Home Health Care Services in Bethlehem PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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