Four Ways to Keep Your Preemie Healthier During Flu Season

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There are so many variables about keeping your preemie healthy, especially during flu season. The thing to remember, though, is that some of those variables may be more controllable than you thought.

Pediatric Home Health Care Ashland OH - Four Ways to Keep Your Preemie Healthier During Flu Season

Pediatric Home Health Care Ashland OH – Four Ways to Keep Your Preemie Healthier During Flu Season

Don’t Smoke and Stay Away from Smoke

Tobacco smoke, especially secondhand smoke, can damage your baby’s lungs and make her more susceptible to lung infections and to possibly getting sick from other people’s germs. If you smoke, make sure that you keep smoke away from the baby. Smoke outside and put on a jacket or coat that you don’t bring into the baby’s presence. Quitting smoking can be the best way to minimize smoke exposure, but that’s definitely difficult to do.

Avoid Big Crowds, if Possible

People love to meet new babies, but the problem is that people bring all kinds of germs with them. They don’t mean to, but their immune systems are strong enough that they don’t even know that they’re carrying anything. Taking your baby out in public, especially to somewhere extremely crowded, exposes her to even more germs. Limiting her exposure to lots of people can help to reduce the risk that she’ll encounter germs she doesn’t have the ability to fight off just yet.

Look into Vaccines

Vaccines, for you and for other family members who spend time around your baby, are an excellent idea. Talk to your doctor about whether a flu vaccine or other immunizations are a good fit for your health situation. It’s also a good idea to talk to your pediatrician about the RSV vaccine for your baby. These shots can help to reduce the risk that your baby will contract respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, if exposed to it. There may be factors that contraindicate this vaccine for your baby, so make sure to talk to your baby’s doctor first.

Handwashing Is the Single Most Important Task

The very best way to prevent illnesses is via handwashing. Simple handwashing removes the majority of germs that you and your baby are likely to come into contact with during a normal day. You need to use plain soap and warm water. Make sure to rub your hands for at least 30 seconds and rinse well. Hand sanitizers can be effective in a pinch. Washing your hands often removes germs that could make you or your baby sick.

Parenting special needs children, like premature babies, might mean that you’re taking some steps that you might not have taken with a child that wasn’t special needs. Overall keeping your preemie healthy during flu season is about doing what you can to manage the situation.

If you are considering Pediatric Home Health Care Services in Ashland OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.