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In the cold months we must exercise extreme caution to avoid outbreaks of bronchiolitis and other feared respiratory diseases in the baby.
The experts give us a series of very useful guidelines to prepare your baby for the cold. These are tips that can help us avoid suffering more pictures of colds, flu and other diseases associated with the winter months.
When winter arrives, we are accompanied by waves of cold, storms of wind and rain, and snowfall. This makes viruses proliferate, since the cold facilitates their survival and proliferation. That is why every year when temperatures drop, the incidence of outbreaks of bronchiolitis and other respiratory diseases that affect babies increases. It is because of that we must prepare the baby for the cold.But what do we need?
- Winter jacket: Babies should go for a walk every day, even if it's cold. Pediatricians themselves recommend that babies go outside every day also in winter. Remember that in the Nordic countries babies even nap outside in sub-zero temperatures, without anyone finding it an abomination. However, it is essential to properly protect the baby outside with a winter jacket, preferably with a waterproof outer fabric and a breathable interior. It is also advisable to always carry the bubble for the rain, just in case.
- Avoid very thick clothes: It is better to have several layers of clothes than very thick clothes. Excessively thick clothes not only not warm more, but also make it difficult for the baby to move and make him uncomfortable. The ideal way to shelter a baby in winter is the so-called "onion technique": dressing him with several layers of thin clothing that can be easily removed or added according to the temperature of each place (when going outside, when entering a store, in the car or public transport, etc.). In addition, it is important that the garments are made of cotton and other natural fabrics, because wool and synthetic materials irritate the skin.
- Protects your skin: Babies' skin is very sensitive so the cold and wind can cause them to become dehydrated. To avoid this, it is necessary to protect all the skin that is exposed to the air (face, ears, lips and hands). How? You can use a cream that has protective and moisturizing properties. You also have to take into account that its formula does not irritate the baby's skin. If we take the baby to see the snow, we must also add a child sunscreen.
- Do not abuse the heating: the temperature of the room where the baby sleeps should be around 22ºC during the day and 18ºC at night. Raising the thermostat above these levels can cause the baby to sweat when sleeping, with the consequent risk of catching a cold. As heating tends to dry out the environment and this dehydrates the child's skin, it is advisable to install a baby humidifier in his room to replenish the humidity.
- Caution in bath time: so that the baby does not get cold, you can heat the bath and keep the door closed. The best way to dry a baby without getting cold is to immediately wrap him with a hooded bathrobe, since the head is the part of the body that loses the most heat.
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