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How to protect your infant from bacteria and viruses and strengthen his immunity?


The first weeks of a child’s life are the period when a child is most susceptible to illness, as an infant’s immune system does not mature until he is about two to three months old. In those first few months, the immune system becomes more developed, and the immune system helps the child fight Viruses, which means a two-week-old baby's immune system can't fight off viruses or bacteria nearly as well as a 3-month-old, according to the Cleveland Clinic.


The mother's immune system continues to protect her baby with antibodies that have been shared across the placenta soon after birth. These antibodies remain active for the first few weeks of the baby's life. This provides some protection from bacteria and viruses. Breastfeeding also boosts this early immunity.


Your child's exposure to viruses

 

Newborn babies are susceptible to viruses and here are some of the most common illnesses to watch out for:


Stomach viruses


Gastrointestinal viruses can cause major problems for babies and cause dehydration from diarrhea. These viruses can also spread quickly into the bloodstream if they infect a baby during the first month of life. This type of infection can cause liver damage, meningitis, encephalitis, and encephalitis. the heart.


Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)


Infants under six months of age who are infected with this virus are often hospitalized. This virus can cause bronchiolitis, a condition in which the small airways in the lungs block airflow and fill with mucus. Respiratory syncytial virus also causes pneumonia.


-flu


Infants get the flu more often than older children and adults, and although there is a potential treatment for the flu virus, it often turns into pneumonia or apnea.



3 ways to reduce your child's risk of illness

 

There are things you can do to protect your baby during the first few months of his life:


1. Limit going out: You can't keep your baby in a bubble until he reaches six months but you can limit contact with other people and ask visitors to wash their hands before touching the baby.


2. Watch for a fever: It is difficult for doctors to determine if a virus or bacteria is causing an infant's illness, so they get it wrong, but any fever or high temperature will likely put your child in the hospital.


3. It is imperative to receive vaccinations: Giving your child vaccinations is very important for his health, especially during the Corona pandemic. Whooping cough vaccination is a must: it is especially important as this disease may threaten the lives of children under six months of age.

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