Having a newborn in the house is a source of endless joy and yes, quite a bit of fascination for all concerned. The cost, however, is the constant vigil required to ensure that the baby remains in the pink of health. This is especially true for the first two years of life. Any issue with health at this age could potentially have long-term implications. But being attentive and doing your research should ensure that your little one faces no problems growing up.
With that in mind, here are some helpful tips all new parents should keep in mind for their child’s health and wellbeing during these ‘wonder years’:
1. Vaccinations: This is absolute law when it comes to babies. Unvaccinated babies are at extreme risk from easily preventable diseases. There’s no margin here for compromise. Vaccinations must happen on time and the injections have a set pattern established by medical science. Vaccinate your baby for the appropriate diseases at the appropriate time to ensure its good health in the long run. Create a calendar with your pediatrician and set reminders so you don’t miss the dates. Remember, vaccines save lives and are perfectly safe!
2. Healthy food and clean water: Your baby will eventually start eating solid food and drinking water. Food has to be made keeping hygiene and health at the forefront of the one preparing it, while water must be as pure as possible. In tropical countries, most diseases are transmitted through contaminated food and water. Keeping a strict watch on these two drastically reduces the chances of your baby getting a disease. It’s critical as your baby’s immune system isn’t fully developed yet. It is advisable to always boil the water meant for your baby’s consumption, just to be extra cautious.
3. Natural repellents: The problem of mosquitoes and other insects are merely a nuisance for most adults, but they can be potentially dangerous for babies. Babies are not prepared to deal with diseases like Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya etc. One of the best ways to keep your newborn safe from mosquitoes is to use Goodknight Patches. These can easily be applied to your baby’s cot, pram, car seat (and later on, clothing) to ensure a mosquito-free environment for up to eight hours.
A new mother also needs to be cautious when it comes to mosquitoes. Do bear in mind that it takes only one bite for you or your baby to be infected. So, apply just four dots of Goodknight Fabric Roll-On on your clothes, and mosquitoes won’t get near you for as long as eight hours. Both these products use natural oils and are very baby-friendly, so there’s nothing to worry about.
4. Regular checkups: Remember to take your baby to the pediatrician for regular health checkups. Some chronic and genetic ailments are difficult to pinpoint and require an experienced eye to diagnose.
As parents, seeing your newborn healthy and fit is the most satisfying thing ever. Keep these simple tips in mind and you can be assured of your baby’s well-being!