Keeping your baby safe in winters!
Winter can be fun but when it comes to protecting your little bundle of joy, the same weather can be a little daunting to handle. Kids specifically the toddlers and the new borns are extremely vulnerable to winter. Saving them from the harsh weather is one great struggle that parents have to deal with. One small carelessness can lead to the child getting sick or having their health jeopardized. There is no room for compromising on the health of the children. But do not worry, this article is your complete guide to protect your baby from the cruels of the season to come. There are some strategies that can help you stave off chilly weather, guard against germs, and keep your baby healthy.
Though it is true that taking care of a small child in winter has its own fair share of challenges but this should not hold you back and stick you in the house with your child. And the worst part is, that you would not want to travel all the way up to a country where the winters are not harsh. However, what we have for your help here, is a rundown on some handy strategies to help you and baby combat winter successfully. Here we have discussed some of the major concerns of parents regarding their babies in winter.
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To take the baby out or not?
So your biggest concern is whether you should take your child out in the chilly and windy weather or not. So the answer is yes, you can take your child out only if the weather is not uncomfortably cold and does not bother the health of the baby in anyway. However, make sure the baby is not out of the house for too long or it will start slowly affecting the health of the baby. If your child is under 6 months old, stay in. Pediatrician Jennifer Shu says “Young babies aren’t able to regulate their temperature well and can lose heat quickly”
Also, keep a strong eye on the baby while out. Check if his or her lips have turned blue or if they have a pale nose, fingertips or ears, or if he is too cold. If yes, quickly take them back home.
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Dry and Itchy Skin
Some babies are prone to dry and itchy skin. And this should not be taken lightly. If you see prolonged itchy and dry skin of your baby, then get the baby checked by a pediatrician. Some important things that mothers should practice at home if their baby has an itchy and dry skin is to limit the baths to less than ten minutes and only use lukewarm water. Soap can sometimes be irritating on the skin of the babies, so instead mothers try a mild hypoallergenic cleanser free of dyes and fragrance (such as Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Washing or Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo). Pat the baby dry with a towel, then apply a hypoallergenic lotion or cream.
WATCH OUT – too much hyderating or moisturisation can sabotage the skin. So use only a required amount of lotion or oil.
The baby is cold in the crib
Keeping the baby warm in their crib is extremely important because loose blankets can increase the risk of SIDS. SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome which means that moms that you should be extremely careful about keeping the baby warm in the crib. Winters in Karachi are not that strong but in some other parts in Pakistan, winter can be extremely cruel. So it’s best to keep the bay covered properly. So make sure the baby is dressed in a warm all-in-one and light cotton cap. Then, swaddle him tightly in a light blanket or use a sleep sack to keep the baby wram.
WATCH OUT – While keeping the baby warm, do not overcompensate or put too many layers on the baby or this might just overheat the baby. And overheating increases up the risk for SIDS. Check if the baby is sweaty, breathing rapidly, flushed, then remove the cap or the swaddle.