How To Protect Your Baby From Coronavirus
Hey Mama, this guide will help you keep your baby safe during this coronavirus pandemic.
With the entire world in pandemic mode, naturally many mothers are worried about their babies catching the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Though it has been established at present that the disease is milder in babies and children, still the fact that there’s no vaccine inspires little confidence. Find out how you can protect your baby from coronavirus.
How can I protect my baby from coronavirus?
Since pregnant women are more likely to catch viruses that can cause breathing problems, the expectation was that they will be more likely to catch the coronavirus than most people. This is because, during pregnancy, immunity is low. Your lungs also compress and you are in need of more oxygen. However, according to a recent study in China, pregnant women did not catch coronavirus as much as expected. Luckily, the placenta does a good job of protecting your baby in the womb.
Subsequently, it becomes a different matter as soon as the baby is born, considering the fact that a baby in the UK recently tested positive to coronavirus soon after birth. Although doctors are unsure, they think the baby more likely got the infection after birth. Below are a few ways to protect your baby from coronavirus:
- Improve hygiene
Hygiene is the first preventive measure you have to improve as long as coronavirus is concerned. To try and keep your baby safe you’d have to be firmer with people, since Nigerians have a habit of touching when it comes to babies. If anyone must touch your baby, make sure they wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water. In the absence of soap and water hand sanitizer is a safe option, according to Aaron Milstone, M.D., M.H.S., a paediatrician at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Also, since babies like to touch their face and put their hands in their mouth, wash your baby’s hands and face and disinfect surfaces and objects around she might touch. As a mum, these preventive measures apply to you too.
Please note that alcohol-based sanitizers should never be used without adult supervision. It should also be out of reach to avoid them ingesting it. Here are some hand sanitizer tips to keep in mind:
- Always supervise your child when they use hand sanitizer.
- Use only a small amount of hand sanitizer.
- Rub their hands together until it’s dry or teach your child to rub till all of the hand sanitizer is dry.
- Remind your child to keep their hands out of their mouths after applying the sanitizer.
- Do not buy hand sanitizers that smell sweet because it could tempt them to lick it.
- Keep all hand sanitizers out of sight and out of reach from your child.
- If you think your child has ingested any amount of hand sanitizer, see a doctor immediately.
- No daycare
Studies have shown that babies who attend daycare get sick more often than those who don’t. At daycare, children are always in contact, playing with the same toys and sharing saliva as they play with each other. This is likely to result in a coronavirus infection, and babies have weak immune systems. So during this coronavirus pandemic, we recommend you don’t take your baby to daycare.
- Up-to-date vaccination
The surest way to keep babies from disease is to make sure their vaccines are up to date. It is true that there is no vaccine for coronavirus yet, but keeping your baby safe from other illnesses means that if she happens to get coronavirus, her immune system will not be overwhelmed. It can focus on the virus and fight it to full capacity.
What if mum contracts the coronavirus?
If you happen to contract coronavirus as a new mum, make sure to take all the precautions instead of panicking. Wear a mask when you’re with your baby, and wash your hands before and after touching her. Also, when you feel like sneezing or coughing do it into a bent elbow, and you should clean surfaces and any feeding equipment that might compromise the baby’s health.
It is recommended that you go ahead and continue breastfeeding even after contracting coronavirus since the virus has not been found in breastmilk.
Breast milk actually contains many ingredients that help your baby fight infection. In fact, if you’re using formula, UNICEF advises you switch to breastfeeding, at least until this coronavirus pandemic passes. Additionally, make sure you’re wearing your mask whenever you breastfeed your baby.
If you notice any of the COVID-19 symptoms, please call any of these NCDC numbers.
- Toll-Free Number: 0800 9700 0010
- Whatsapp: +234708 711 0839
- SMS Number: +234809 955 5577
Make sure to engage in social distancing and stay safe. Do you have any questions? Share in the comment section