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A Mother’s Guide to Keeping Yourself and Your Baby Healthy

It's a mother's natural instinct to want to keep their baby healthy and happy at all times. With everything that's going on in the world at the moment, it's good to have a good idea of how to go about doing so, and here's a helpful guide.

Keep up With Milestones

Every baby is unique and they will develop at their own unique rate, but it's important to have a general idea of what to expect at different ages. This will act as a guide to ensure that you know if your child is developing well or whether there are any issues you need to be aware of. In the United States, around two to three out of every 1,000 children are born with a detectable degree of hearing loss in either one or both ears. This is just one of the things you may have an easy time having diagnosed when you pay attention to what your child should be doing at different stages of their growth and development.

Avoid Crowds

While you may be eager to show your baby to those closest to you, you must exercise caution as far as exposing a new baby to crowds goes. While they're still very young, at least for the first two months, keep them away from crowded areas like restaurants and shopping centers. You can take them outdoors where there's better air circulation and a lower chance of having them come into contact with germs from a number of sources. This is because they're still very sensitive and infections can lead to severe fevers, which will call for extensive hospital visits.

Keep Breastfeeding

Everyone knows that breastfeeding can be beneficial to your child, so if you can breastfeed well and have been given the go-ahead to do so by your doctor, you should not stop breastfeeding just because you've caught a minor cold or flu. This is because you will actually pass on important antibodies to your child when you breastfeed them throughout this period, something they will benefit from in the future. Around 92% of births that take place outside of the hospital are attended by Certified Professional Midwives who can guide and advise you on almost everything to do with breastfeeding, so if you have access to one, arks them any questions you may have about proper breastfeeding practices.

Dress Them Appropriately

Keep in mind that a baby's young body and developing system aren't yet all that good at temperature regulation. You will have to do this part for them, so don't make them too warm or too cold. Remember that they lose heat faster than you do and may also get hotter faster than you would, so check them and generally dress them in an extra layer than you're wearing yourself to be safe.

Keep Them Hydrated

Finally, getting dehydrated can have serious effects on your baby, so keep them hydrated at all times. The right degree of hydration will depend on a number of factors, including whether they're formula-fed or strictly breastfed. Check for proper hydration levels by counting whether they wet at least four to six nappies each day, which is the right number of nappies for a baby that has adequate amounts of water. This is also important for you, especially if you're breastfeeding, as you will lose a lot of water. About 85% of people aged between 12 and 24, according to the Academy Association of Dermatology, experience at least minor acne, and one remedy against acne that you could try is staying properly hydrated at all times.

This guide should give you some pointers on how you can keep your baby and yourself healthy and happy so you can enjoy more beautiful moments together.

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