(KUTV) The holidays are all about families sharing time, food, and unfortunately germs. With the holiday, cold, and flu seasons all happening at the same time, it’s a tricky time of year to keep the youngest member of the family, healthy.
“Babies under 6 months of age can’t get vaccinated because they’re too young,” says Kelly Gray, Registered Nurse at Intermountain Medical Center.
It’s recommended that parents, siblings, grandparents, and anyone who might be around a young child get vaccinated. This means getting your flu shot as well as the TDAP vaccine which protects against pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
“(Daughter Rose) can’t do the flu shot yet, but we’ll just make sure that anyone that comes in contact with her will be up to date on their immunizations,” says Kirk Stephens, Father to Baby Rose.
Another way to build immunity is by breastfeeding. Mother’s milk has a natural protection that gives antibodies the baby that can help protect them.
If you’re surrounded by people, either at a party or while out Christmas shopping, keep your baby covered as much as possible.
“A good option for that would be to wrap the baby close to your chest and keep her covered and bundled,” says Lindsey Stephens, Mother to Baby Rose
This, along with covered car seats, decreases the chance of someone asking to hold your baby.
If you want to avoid the shopping crowds all together, maybe try online shopping this year.
Remember that even though hand washing is simple, it’s very effective in killing germs.