Babies and COVID-19: How to Protect Your Little One
Description: Parenting during the pandemic adds another level of worry to an already difficult role. Keeping your baby safe is your number one priority. These tips will help you to keep your family safe during these unpredictable times.
Being a new parent is difficult in the best of times. With rampant COVID-19 infections all around us, it is even more challenging to know how to keep your baby protected. What can you do to make sure you and your baby stay safe in these unpredictable times?
Having true and reliable information is important. Always consult with your doctor or your government’s health website and stay away from social media as a source of health information. The Centers for Disease Control is a reliable resource.
Keeping Yourself Safe
Keeping your baby safe means keeping yourself safe from COVID-19. It has been proven that the following precautions will help to reduce the chances of contracting COVID-19:
- Reduce contact with others. Now is not the time to have an in-person baby shower. Virtual gatherings using video chat software is a good option.
- Stay 6 feet apart from people outside of your immediate household.
- Frequent handwashing or sanitizing.
- Disinfect surfaces that others may have touched like doorknobs and light switches.
- Avoid touching your face.
Wearing a non-medical grade mask while in public will help keep others from contracting the virus if you are a carrier. You do not need to wear a mask while caring for your baby at home unless you have been directed to by your doctor.
Keeping Your Baby Safe
Some of the same preventative measures that apply to you also apply to your baby:
- Limit contact with people outside of your immediate household. Even though everyone wants to visit your new little bundle of joy, they will have to wait for that first cuddle. Using video chat services and sharing photos and videos will help you to stay in touch with your loved ones.
- If possible, do not take your baby with you when doing essential errands like grocery shopping. If you cannot avoid taking you baby, make sure to keep 6 feet between your baby and the other shoppers. Especially avoid people not wearing masks.
- Keep doing all the normal things you would do for your baby. Cuddles and playing are important. Feeding and caring for your baby can be made easier by using an award-winning Baby Blendy bottle and bottle mixing system.
Your Mental Health is Important
It can be easy to become overwhelmed by fear and worry. Make sure you are in contact with your support system by telephone or video chat. Your support system can include extended family, friends or even professional therapists.
Do not avoid taking yourself to the doctor. Stress and anxiety are common in these scary times. Remember that post-partum depression is real and requires treatment. Some symptoms include depression, excessive crying, inability to bond with your baby, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness and/or suicidal thoughts.
When to Seek Help
Seek emergency medical attention if your baby is under 3 months old and has a body temperature of less than 97.8°F or more than 99.5°F. Call 911 if your baby is struggling to breath or is difficult to wake.
For less emergent situations, when in doubt call your baby’s doctor. Doctors are used to fielding all sorts of questions from new parents. Their staff will know if you need to bring your baby in for an exam or if your questions can be answered over the phone.You are doing a great job caring for your baby in these difficult times. Be kind to yourself and lean on your support network. Extra cuddles with your baby are not only good for your little sweetheart, but also good for you.