Babies face a higher chance of catching a cold due to several factors. The immature immune system is susceptible to several colds in the first few years because there is no immunity built up to particular cold strains. Many babies catch multiple colds over the course of the year as they build up immunity. Babies are also often around other kids who pass on germs. Adding to the risk is the habit of babies to chew on everything from their hands to toys other kids touched, increasing exposure to cold germs.
Breastfeed your baby if possible. According to Babycenter, breastfeeding babies tend to have fewer illnesses.
Ask friends and family not to visit if they have a cold or have been around someone with a cold. Even if they aren’t yet showing symptoms, they could be developing a cold.
Stay away from others with a cold. Postpone visits to friends and family if anyone you are visiting is sick with a cold. Avoid public places as much as possible during cold season, especially places like stores or indoor play areas where there are likely to be sick people.
Discuss the prevention steps your daycare provider takes to avoid germ spreading between the kids. Make sure the provider washes her hands frequently and sterilizes the shared toys.
Wash your hands frequently so you don’t pass germs to your baby. Wash your hands before holding or feeding your baby and after changing her diapers. Ask visitors to wash their hands as well.
Wash toys regularly to remove germs on them, especially if you have more than one child. Wash them in vinegar and water or warm, soapy water and let them dry fully.
Teach older siblings to wash their hands frequently and avoid touching the baby on the face, where germs are more likely to enter the body. Get them into the habit of coughing and sneezing into a tissue or the elbow.
Keep your baby away from secondhand smoke, which can increase the risk of respiratory problems.