With the flu season around, you’ll naturally fret over your baby’s health. You may have read or heard how germs and bacteria spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing and touch. In fact, germs and bacteria can survive on surfaces, including clothes.
The information overload can keep parents like you awake all night. But there’s no need to worry! Just follow these simple, easy-to-take preventive measures to sanitise home. They will go a long way in protecting your little one from germs.
Don’t allow your baby to put toys in their mouth. You can also load their soft toys into the washing machine along with their garments for a thorough wash.
1) For Personal Hygiene
Whenever you or other family members are playing with the baby, it is a good idea to do so after washing your hands properly. All you need to do is use soap and water, or a sanitiser.
If you cough or sneeze, use a tissue or your elbow to cover your mouth (if a tissue is not available at the time). In a hurry to tend to your baby, don’t forget to discard the tissue in the dustbin.
2) For Surfaces in Your Baby’s Room
Are you wondering how to disinfect your home? It is important to protect your baby from germs. One of the first things you can do to keep your baby safe is to clean and disinfect all the surfaces in your baby’s room, daily. This means surfaces touched frequently by the baby, like the crib, diaper table, rocker, carry cot, playmat, toys, etc. It is good to not only clean but also disinfect these surfaces once a day. Don’t forget to also clean and disinfect high-touch common surfaces like switches, door handles, tables, bath fittings, toilet seats, telephones, laptops, etc. that are used by the rest of the family.
You can clean all these surfaces with a regular household detergent and water, or a regular household cleaning spray or wipes. You can check the label on the spray to understand how to use it correctly.
After cleaning, you can disinfect them for better hygiene. Use a suitable disinfectant, like a bleach-based (sodium hypochlorite) product such as Domex Floor Cleaner, which is active against respiratory viruses, as recommended by the International Scientific Forum on Home & Hygiene. Read the pack for instructions before use and always test on a small part first.
3) For Your Baby’s Laundry
You may be aware that bacteria and germs can survive on clothes, too. If you’re wondering how to disinfect clothes, the simplest way to ensure your baby’s clothes are clean and germ-free is to give them a thorough wash. A daily wash with a good detergent is good enough. But if you want to go the extra mile, you could use a good antibacterial detergent. You can try using Lifebuoy Laundry Sanitizer for this. Read pack for instructions before use and always test on a small part. It is best to use laundry detergent according to the wash care labels on the clothes.
After washing clothes, you could also use an antibacterial fabric conditioner to keep your baby’s clothes soft and germ-free. Whenever possible, try washing your clothes using the warmest appropriate water setting as per the care label. A useful tip to remember is to always let the clothes dry completely (in the sun or at the warmest possible temperature in the dryer, as recommended on the clothing label) before folding them.
4) For Your Personal Household Items
Keep your baby’s plates, glasses, cups, spoons etc. exclusively for them. As parents, you might want to feed your little one from your plate with your spoon. While it is a sweet gesture, it may spread germs. So why take a chance? Also, wash the baby’s utensils and the family’s utensils and crockery thoroughly with soap and water after each use.
If you take these simple precautions around your baby, you can keep your little one and yourself safe from viruses.