With the flu season around, you’ll naturally fret over your baby’s health. The information overload can keep parents like you awake all night. But there’s no need to worry! Just follow these simple, easy-to-take preventive steps. They will go a long way in protecting your little one from infections.
1) For Personal Hygiene
Whenever you or other family members are playing with the baby, it is a good idea to do so after washing your hands properly. All you need to do is use soap and water, or an alcohol-based sanitiser such as those available from Lifebuoy.
If you cough or sneeze, use a tissue or your elbow to cover your mouth (if a tissue is not available at the time). In a hurry to tend to your baby, don’t forget to discard the tissue in the dustbin.
2) For Surfaces in Your Baby’s Room
One of the first things you can do to keep your baby safe is to clean and disinfect all the surfaces in your baby’s room, daily. This means surfaces touched frequently by the baby like the crib, diaper table, rocker, carry cot, playmat, toys, etc. It is good to not only clean but also disinfect these surfaces once a day. Don’t forget to clean and disinfect high-touch common surfaces like switches, door handles, tables, bath fittings, toilet seats, telephones, laptops, etc. that are used by the rest of the family.
You can clean all these surfaces with a regular household detergent and water. After cleaning, you can disinfect them for better hygiene. Use a suitable disinfectant, like a bleach-based (sodium hypochlorite) product such as Domex Floor Cleaner, which kills germs. Always test on a small hidden area and rinse to check compatibility first.
3) For Your Baby’s Laundry
You may be aware that germs can survive on clothes too. The simplest way to ensure your baby’s clothes are clean and germ-free is to give them a thorough wash. Washing clothes thoroughly with detergent is good enough to remove germs. You can use a bleach (sodium hypochlorite) like Rin Ala for sheets and clothes. Rin Ala being a sodium hypochlorite bleach is recommended for use on white clothes only. Do not use on coloured clothes.
If using a washing machine, wash clothes using the appropriate water temperature setting, in accordance with the directions on labels of laundry or clothing items. Ensure that the clothes are dried in the sun.
4) For Personal Household Items
Keep your baby’s plates, glasses, cups, spoons etc. exclusively for them. As parents, you might want to feed your little one from your plate with your spoon. While it is a sweet gesture, it may spread germs. So why take a chance? Also, wash the baby’s utensils and the family’s utensils and crockery thoroughly with thoroughly washed using a good dishwash detergent. For other household items, use soap and water, and disinfect after each use.
If you follow these simple steps around your baby, you can keep your little one and yourself safe from infections.