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Parenting Questions

Staying Healthy

How Can I Help My Baby Not to Get Sick?

The most important precaution you can take is having everyone around you wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before holding your baby.  Close caregivers should be vaccinated for whooping cough and influenza (flu).  Avoid crowded places and visibly sick people if possible.  Try to limit the number of people who handle your baby in the first few weeks of life.  TIP: for young children or siblings, we recommend giving specific jobs for “helpers” that involve the top of the baby’s head (hats and kisses) and the baby’s feet (socks and tickling).  Avoid face kissing for anyone other than the parents.

It is OK to take your baby out on a walk right away, as long as you dress them appropriately for the weather.  In general, a baby should wear one more layer of clothing than you have on.  Check the baby’s nose, feet or back of their neck to gauge their temperature and adjust as needed.

The content provided is not meant to replace the advice of your child’s physician. Please refer any specific issues or questions about your child to your pediatrician or health care provider.