- by Dr Gowher Yusuf
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- Sep 23 2017
How can one protect the baby from common illnesses during the summer?
Since the babies immune system is developing. This makes the baby exposed to catch infections very easy. The breastfeeding milk carries anti toxins to your baby and help fight common virus, infections and germs.
Formula milk does not consist of antibodies in it. Thus if your feeding your baby with the formula milk one should take more caution to assure that the babies things are sterilized properly, which the baby puts in the mouth or the things which are used for feeding the baby.
Consult a doctor and take appointment anytime if you’re anxious about the health of your baby.
Breastfeeding or formula milk feeding, the intense heat during summer’s make baby’s fall with common illnesses
1. Prickly heat rash
Since a baby is developing day by day, the sweat glands of the baby is still developing so the babies incline to heat rash more than adults. One should assure not to dress the baby too warm or with too warmly clothes.
It’s a usual belief that the newborn baby and the mothers should stay warm. Over attiring your baby leads to a heat rash as the body sweats more to keep the baby cool. If the baby develops heat rashes consult a doctor and study the cause for it.
If one takes baby outside your home in the heat, baby gets dehydrated easily and quickly. The breastfeeding mothers need not give babies extra water in the summer to prevent them from dehydration. Just feed the baby often when needed. Breast feeding the baby often will give the baby watery milk and keeps the baby hydrated and cool.
The formula milk fed babies needs surplus water during summers. Never cut your babies feed. When making the milk always esteem the suggested doses. Although you can give the boiled and cooled water in between the feed. Assure that the baby gets enough amount of formula milk in a day and the water additions should not replace with that.
3. Heat stroke
To much heat causes heat stroke. It is a severe condition which needs prompt attention and response to it. Assure that the baby is getting enough liquids and the baby is not overdressed thus it prevents the heat stroke.
4. Viral infections
there is no doubt that the viral infections are very common during the summer and throughout the year. Breastfeeding is a good way to help the babies immune system be healthy, try to keep distance with people with flu like signs away from the baby. If anyone is infected with viral infection they should stay away from the baby unless the infection is cleared. Consult a doctor if your baby falls sick as the doctor will provide medication as per the age and weight of the baby which helps the baby low the fever and relieve the aches.
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