The winters in the northern part of the country are merciless. If you are not careful, it can lead to common diseases like colds and flu. In the pandemic, it is all the more important to take care of oneself and boost one’s immunity.
If you are a new mom, make sure both you and the baby are well. Dr. Sushma Tomar, consultant in obstetrics and gynecology, Fortis Hospital Kalyan, shares some tips on winter health care; Read on.
1. Dress properly: Protect yourself and your baby from the cold by dressing in layers as you go out. Caps, socks and mittens should be part of your baby’s clothes, even at night. However, remember not to dress the child. Assess the room temperature first. The clothes must not restrict the child’s movement. For yourself, you need to be appropriately dressed in a fabric that does not rub and damage your baby’s skin when you wear them.
2. Hot oil massage: It can be extremely soothing and relaxing for you and your toddler. You can choose mustard oil, olive oil or a combination of almond and olive oil. It is also good for the skin. A warm oil massage after bath or at bedtime will relax the baby and help them sleep better.
3. Maintain the correct temperature: It is important to keep the right temperature in the baby’s room. Make sure that enough light and fresh air enters the room.
4. A healthy diet: Soups, salads, green vegetables, cereals like bajra and macaque are nutritious and beneficial for a new mother. For the baby, it is best to breastfeed as it is the main source of nutrients. Breast milk protects against a wide range of infections and diseases. It strengthens the baby’s immune system, and the proximity to a mother’s body keeps the baby warm.
5. Good hygiene: As the baby is constantly close to the mother, lack of hygiene can lead to infections in both mother and baby. Wash your hands before carrying the baby. Make sure people coming close to the baby are wearing a mask.
Vaccination: Make sure you and your baby get the necessary vaccinations. Talk to your doctor about all the vaccinations that are relevant to your newborn. Also get your Covid jab.
7. Covid-appropriate behavior: Work out while you go out or if there are guests at home Covid-appropriate behavior to protect yourself and your new baby. Avoid taking the baby out early in the morning or later in the evening. If you plan to sit with the baby out in the sun, dress the baby accordingly. The baby’s ears, hands, feet and chest must be properly covered. If going out at night is unavoidable, cover the baby properly. It is also good to keep the baby close to the body.
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