After how last winter passed, (baby K’s first winter) I was literally dreading the end of this year, praying that winters somehow disappear from our lives. As much as we love the year end festivities and holidays we also hate the colds, flu + coughs that associate with this season.
However, I had to put on my super-mom costume again to save ourselves from the crisis situation this year. I have to say that certain tricks have really built up the shield for my little one. The idea is not only to protect them from the cold weather but to build his immunity to fight against the infections that people around/air are carrying.
Here’s how we made winters bearable for our little one:
- Multivitamins: since babies eat according to their moods (one day banana is the best fruit in the world and having 1 is just not enough and the next few days making pukish faces on the sight of banana because its cheee) they might need supplements once in a while to make up for the lack of minerals in their bodies. Our paediatrician suggested me to give him Bevon syrup but you must always consult your doctor before giving any medication.
- Soups: are the healthiest meal you can give your babies. My little one relishes all of them from chicken sweet corn to vegetable or even macaroni soup. Use variety so that you can naturally provide nutrients to the child. Always add some cloves of garlic to the soup to help the body fight infections.
- Apple juice: I regularly give him fresh juice of 1 apple and it has helped a great deal. You can add other fruits of your choice too. Make sure you don’t give canned juices because they are only harmful if anything.
- Honey: has been my go-to item. After bathing the baby when the body gets prone to catching cold, you can give the baby honey with warm milk. Honey is naturally warm and has immunity building properties that aid in fighting against cough and cold. Do not use honey for below 1 year old baby as it can cause infant botulism. The guide that i followed was:
1-2 year old – 1/2 tsp
2 years above – 1 tsp
- Flu vaccines: the paediatrician suggested us to get the flu vaccines done twice a year to keep flu related illnesses at bay.
- Saline Nasal drops: keep them handy to avoid nasal congestion/ blockages/ stuffy nose as they can get much worse since babies can’t blow the snot out. I use nasal drops from 2-4 times a day and especially right before bed time so he can get sound sleep.
I hope these tips help. Stay warm! Happy holidays 🎄