2-Month-Old Baby (10 Weeks)
Tip of the Week: Preventing IllnessA 2-month-old baby typically devotes a lot of time to eating and sleeping. This helps them to get bigger, stronger, and build up their immune system. As your baby gets a little older, you will be bringing him out to more places with more people -- and that means exposure to more germs.
Exposure to new and different germs is not necessarily a bad thing. However, when your baby is still little, there are little things that you can do to make the trips out less likely to send you two running to the doctor's office. Here are a few illness prevention tips:
- Hand washing is the most effective way to side-step illness. Germs are most likely to cause illness if they come near a person's face, particularly the eyes and nose. It's always helpful to carry hand sanitizer with you.
- Avoid crowds if possible.
- Stay away from anyone you know who has come down with a contagious bug. Why play with fire, right?
- Keep your baby's toys clean, especially the pacifier.
- Try to keep your baby's hands clean.
Tackling Congestion With Your 10-Week-Old BabyIf your baby does come down with an upper respiratory bug, congestion will probably be one of the symptoms. Congestion is very common in babies and is often the first sign of the common cold.
- Use the bulb syringe or aspirator.
- Sit in the bathroom with the hot shower going. The steam can really loosen things up. Or, put him in a onesie and take him in the shower with you (the onesie will give you some traction, so that his little body doesn't get super slippery and slip right out of your hands.)
- Contact his healthcare provider. There may be a few over-the-counter remedies that she can suggest to help you keep your baby comfortable.