After receiving the good news of a pregnancy, the future-parents begin to wait impatiently for the coming of this little being, fruit of their love. As soon as he points his little nose, they fill him with love and care and feel so proud of him, that they do not hesitate to show it to their families and friends. The latter, unable to resist his little face, gentle and innocent, flood him with kisses. However, this mark of affection with the seeming harmless can endanger the life of the little baby, especially during its first weeks. Here's why !

During the 9 months spent warm in the womb of her mother, it is the antibodies of it that take care of protecting baby the time that his immune system develops. At birth, he therefore has these antibodies offered by his mother, as well as an immune system composed mainly of a higher white blood cell count than an adult. However, this immune system is not yet mature and must cope with the surrounding bacteria to learn how to defend themselves.

This is why many parents are very vigilant and try to limit the exposure of their little ones to the elements that can make him sick, especially during the first weeks of his life when he is particularly fragile. However, many people neglect this point and do not hesitate to visit a newborn, accompanied by their children who have a cold or to cuddle without washing beforehand.

To better understand the gravity of these ill-considered acts, a young English mother wanted to share her experience in order to raise the alarm bell and make people aware of the effects of their actions.

A kiss on the lips, a vital prognosis committed


While her little girl had not yet reached the age of three months, she had to spend 5 days in intensive care after herpes virus developed on her lips, cheeks and chin. The cause: a close relative of Mrs. Henderson's family kissed little Brooke on the lips and contaminated her. Fortunately for her, she was able to survive this viral infection, because such contamination before the age of 3 months can cause the death of the baby, as was the tragic case of little Eloise Lampton.

Even if it seems to you that a small cold or a tiny cold sore is harmless and that you can manage them without any harm, a baby is still fragile and its small body can not defend itself effectively against these diseases.

The rules to follow in order not to infect a newborn:
  •     Do not approach the baby in the event of any illness (cold, flu ...),
  •     Change your work clothes as soon as you get home,
  •     Wash hands and face thoroughly before touching or wearing,
  •     Never kiss her on the lips,
  •     Well ventilate and sunning his room, when he is not there,
  •     Limit contact with others during the first few weeks of life.
How to boost the baby's immune system?

To strengthen your immune system, here are some tips to follow:

 
- Favoring breastfeeding, at least during its first 6 months. Breast milk provides her with proteins, antibodies and white blood cells that help her fight the various pathogens,

- Once diversified, choose organic vegetables and fruits, which provide the body with the nutrients and antioxidants it needs

- Ensure that the baby is able to enjoy sufficient restful sleep, to replenish energy and allow his body to function properly.

- Make baby out from time to time, making sure that he is dressed properly according to the season so that he can adapt to his new environment and have his dose of sun and therefore vitamin D.

To conclude, remember that you must ensure that your role as a parent is correct and that you have the right to protect your child, even if you do not allow anyone to approach him before he or she is 6 weeks old. Prevention is better than cure, especially when your little one's life is at stake.
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