Having a baby during the winter months means that you will have to face cold and flu season. A newborns immunity is nothing like an adults, which means we need to take extra precautions to keep them from getting sick.
Hand washing is something you want to make sure all of your visitors are doing before holding the baby. Using hot soapy water will get rid of any germs or bacteria that can cause illness to the baby. Like your visitors you want to make sure you, your partner and any siblings are also washing their hands throughout the day.
One thing that might be hard for some family members to understand is the no kissing rule. Kindly asking them not to kiss on your newborn can prevent a lot of germs from being spread. Express your concern and I am sure that they will listen.
If you are preparing your little one for an outing in the Michigan winter you want to make sure that you have them bundled up and that they are comfortable. Keeping gloves, hats, and blankets in the car or on the baby is a good idea. Its hard when they are not able to tell you if they are too hot or too cold. Something that my pediatrician told me was to dress the baby in one more layer than you have on, this goes for when you are in the house too.
The first couple of weeks will be a word wind of visitors in and out of the house so on top of all of the hand washing you should also disinfect. Wiping off all the counter tops and door handles is a good way to get all of the extra germs out that have been left behind.
These are all steps in surviving the cold and flu season with a newborn. If you think your child is coming down with a cold, temperature or is having flu symptoms you should contact your pediatrician. Most offices have a nurse on staff that you can speak with over the phone, you can explain the symptoms and they can better guide you with which steps to take.