What can you do to boost your baby’s immunity in infant care? You’re afraid that she would catch virus from other kids at the centre.
We ask Dr Natalie Epton, a specialist paediatrician for her advice.
Breastfeed, breastfeed, breastfeed!
“I can’t emphasise this enough: Nursing significantly reduces the frequency and severity of upper respiratory, ear, nose and throat, gastro-intestinal and urinary tract infections,” Dr Epton shares.
Ensure your baby has good nutrition and rest
At four months, he needs around 16 hours of sleep a day (from 7pm to 7am, and two two-hour naps).
Infections in early childhood are part of acquiring a healthy immune system. It is normal to have approximately 12 infections (or one a month) in his first year of life, Dr Epton assures.
(Also read: What to do when your baby won’t stop coughing)
Immunity can improve in the long-term
It has also been proven that placing a baby in an infant care centre from an early age can improve his immunity in the long-term, Dr Epton adds.
It may reduce the risk of certain childhood cancers, such as leukaemia, by up to 30 per cent, as well.
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