When the mercury drops, people are advised to follow some steps to retain body heat. As we are dealing with some of the oldest winter days, protecting newborns from cold waves is imperative. The little ones have less body fat and are small in size, which puts them at risk of losing heat faster compared to adults. That’s why children get sick more often. It is important to layer the babies but care must be taken not to go overboard and make the little one uncomfortable. Speaking to Hindustan Times, Fortis Hospital Kalyan’s Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant, Dr. Sushma Tomar that hats, socks and mittens should be part of the baby’s clothing, even at night.
However, she was of the opinion that you should not dress the baby too much as it can cause a lot of discomfort. According to the expert, the clothes should not hinder the movement of the baby. Breast milk is the best form of nutrition, therefore, especially in winter, new mothers should include plenty of salads, green vegetables, soups, cereals like Bajra and Mecca in their diet to stay healthy.
While one should take the baby out into the sun during the day, you should avoid taking the newborn outside during the cold hours, i.e. early in the morning or later in the evening. The doctor advised that if you have to take the baby out at night, you should cover the little one well and keep it close to the body. This keeps the baby nice and cozy and comfortable. In winter, ventilation and room temperature regulation provide sufficient light and fresh air in the baby’s room. Giving oil massages to infants is an ancient practice in India, and winter is the best time.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the doctor suggested that when going out or when there are guests at home, parents should adopt the appropriate COVID-19 behavior to protect themselves and the baby.
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