Winter is on its way, and with that always comes the lovely cold and flu season.Â Babyâ€™s first cold is heartbreaking. Not only because its torture to watch them be uncomfortable, but also because you probably wonâ€™t be getting any sleep. Not a fun combo.
There are those who believe in staying home and keeping all germs at bay, and those who want to embrace the building of little oneâ€™s immune system. And those who try and find a balance in between. Take into consideration babyâ€™s age â€“ the younger baby is, the more careful youâ€™ll want to be. A cold itself wonâ€™t be too big of a deal, but if it turns into pneumonia or croup it can become dangerous. If baby is under 3 months or younger, any sign of illness can warrant a call do the doc, especially if a fever is involved. Better to be safe than sorry. But here are a few tips for surviving babyâ€™s first cold and flu season!
Itâ€™s just science that the more people who are around, the greater the chance youâ€™ll catch something. Many people avoid crowds and super busy places for babyâ€™s first year of life, just to be safe. Whether youâ€™ll do that is up to you. If baby is in daycare theyâ€™ll likely get sick a few times, so you may choose to stay home on the weekends to avoid extra germs. But, chances are that even if you avoid large groups of people, baby will still catch something. Itâ€™s inevitable. Just use your best judgement- if baby has been sick a few times, it might be smart to cozy up at home for a bit, rest, and stay healthy!
If there is ever any time to get a flu shot, itâ€™s when thereâ€™s a baby in the house. Baby herself has to wait until 6 months for a flu shot, but the adults around baby can get one to avoid passing it on. Also, wash your hands. A lot. Youâ€™ve heard it a million times before, but theres a reason for that. Itâ€™s important.