It is completely understandable that many new parents are feeling more remote than ever during these uncertain and unprecedented times of social distancing and self-isolation. However, certain preparedness before bringing the baby home will provide the new parents with some relief from anxiety.
Family members to get vaccinated without any hesitation
If possible, wear masks and sanitise your hands at regular intervals when you are in close proximity to the child. Any family and friends who’ll be in your inner circle should also consider getting their booster vaccine of Tdap and flu shot.
Sick people should stay away from baby
If the house help or nanny isn’t feeling well, immediately ask them to go for leave. Even the parents of the newborn should stay away from such people. The newborn should be kept in a well-ventilated room with sunlight coming through the window.
Do see friends and family virtually
The audio and video chats with your near and dear ones will help you to ease out your stress and make you feel positive about the whole new situation of parenthood. You can also host a virtual game night, where you can share some fun new parenting stories.
Emphasis on exclusive breastfeeds
Breastfeeding is an elixir against any infectious diseases and it helps in strengthening the immune system by directly transferring antibodies from the mother. As with all confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases, mothers with any symptoms who are breastfeeding or practising skin-to-skin contact should take precautions.