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Protecting your baby and yourself from winter hazards: Essential tips from Gateshead Health’s experts

As the cold winter weather tightens its grip upon the North East, keeping your baby safe and protected from the harsh winter conditions is essential. Infants are particularly vulnerable to the cold, and it’s up to parents and caregivers to keep them warm and healthy.

Karen, the Lead Midwife for Risk, Safety and Quality at Gateshead Health, has some valuable advice for keeping your baby warm and safe this winter.

Karen, Lead Midwife for Risk, Safety and Quality at Gateshead Health

Here are some more important tips for keeping your baby safe and warm during the cold winter months.

Dress Your Baby Appropriately

One of the most important things to remember is dressing your baby appropriately for the weather. Layering is essential, allowing you to easily adjust your baby’s clothing to their comfort level. Start with a base layer of soft, breathable clothing, add a warm sweater or jacket, and finish with a waterproof outer layer if necessary. Remember a warm hat, mittens, and booties to keep little fingers and toes warm.

Take Care of Your Baby’s Skin

The cold winter weather can dry out your baby’s skin, leading to irritation and discomfort. To keep your baby’s skin healthy and moisturized, use a mild baby lotion or cream after bath time. Avoid using products that contain harsh chemicals or fragrances, as they can cause dryness and irritation.

Avoid Exposure to Cold and Wind

Exposure to cold and wind can be dangerous for your baby’s health. Avoid taking your baby out in extreme cold or windy conditions, and limit the time spent outside during the winter months. If you do take your baby outside, make sure they are dressed appropriately and protected from the cold and wind.

Stay Up to Date on Vaccinations

Winter is also the season for colds, flu, and other illnesses. Keeping your baby’s vaccinations up to date is essential for their health and well-being. Speak to your healthcare provider about the recommended vaccinations for your baby, and make sure they are up to date before the start of the winter season.

In case you have any concerns regarding your baby’s health or safety, please do not hesitate to contact your midwife.

Gateshead Health Maternity and Pregnancy Assessment Units are open 24/7, and they are always available to help you and your baby.