Understanding Health Care Protocols

When I adopted a pair of twins, one of the first things that struck me was how many doctor's appointments they needed to go to. As we took them to all of their baby well-checks, I realised that these appointments were designed to find and address issues early before they caused other problems. Fortunately, our family paediatrician found a few critical problems that we were able to resolve head-on, and it was immensely helpful. Check out this blog for information about health care, preventative care, and helping your child to enjoy a better life. I know that some of these tips helped me, and I know that they can help you too.

Reducing Your Newborn's Exposure To Influenza


Influenza season is harsh for everyone, especially your newborn. When your baby is sick, it can be very distressing. The winter season is a time when you might have more people visiting or going to visit other people, increasing your child's risk of exposure. While you don't want to totally seal yourself up until your baby is older, there are some ways to reduce your child's risk of exposure to the flu.

Get vaccinated:

If possible, you and everyone in your household should be vaccinated against the flu. If you are allergic to eggs, then talk to your doctor about making special provisions in your case. Try to get your flu shot in the fall before the peak of the season. If you baby is at least six months old, he can get his own vaccination.

Nurse your child:

Breast milk has vitamins, minerals and antibodies that your baby needs to stay healthy, especially in the first few months. If nursing is difficult for you, then talk to a lactation specialist for help, or see if you can pump your breast milk for bottle feeding. If you have problems lactating, or are taking certain medications, then talk to your doctor and see if a breast milk bank can help.

Keep your space from sick people:

Try to physically stay away from people who are showing symptoms of being ill, even if their symptoms minor. Keep people from kissing your child around the face or mouth. Do not let people touch or handle your child until they have been free of illness for at least a day or two. This goes for both relatives and people in public. Another tip is to wash your hands and sanitize surfaces if you suspect someone who is sick has been in the room.

See your pediatrician when your child is sick:

If you have an infant who is too young to be vaccinated, then be sure to contact your doctor if your child shows flu symptoms. While most healthy adults can handle many of the flu's adverse effects, your baby will not have a full immune response. They may have harsher, more dangerous symptoms, including and extremely high fever and trouble breathing.

While you don't need to avoid all people during the winter months, it's important to limit your baby's exposure to the flu as much as possible. If you want to know more about protecting your newborn against the flu or any other disease, need a vaccination or need to take your baby for health care, then visit your nearest health clinic or clinics similar to http://www.bfpclinic.com.


28 December 2016