Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

Helping Your Baby Avoid Bugs at Nursery
Gillian Stewart, Thursday, January 17, 2019

Reducing the spread of germs in a nursery setting can be extremely difficult.

Infection spreads very easily as there are a large number of children in a concentrated area... and children are not good at blowing their noses or washing their hands! Many of these babies and young children are especially vulnerable to infection because of their underdeveloped immune system. However, it is important to remember that babies and children do need to catch the occasional bug so that they can start to build up their immune system. This then helps them to fight the germs when they come into contact with them again.

When your baby is at nursery, you will be relying on the policies of the nursery to ensure that the best hygiene practices are being followed. To help your little one, I believe the two most important things are a healthy diet and good quality sleep. Alongside their milk, encourage a varied diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, which contain essential vitamins and minerals to keep their body strong and help to fight any infections. Also, an overtired baby will be much more susceptible to infection, so try and make sure that your baby sleeps well during the day and at night. Lastly, it is really important that the recommended vaccinations for your baby are all up to date.

At the end of the day, everyone is responsible to help reduce the spread of infection, but ultimately, no matter how careful you are it is inevitable that babies and young children who are at nursery will catch more colds than those who stay at home. But don't worry as colds never last for too long, and after an initial few days of feeling miserable, children bounce back really quickly!