What precautions do you take to make sure your baby stays healthy?

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Laura - posted on 10/11/2010

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make sure that your child gets all their recommended shots on time.... thats the most important thing... and if he/she gets sick within the first few years off life and starts wheezing - get the child to a doctor to make sure the child has not developed RSV virus... its one of the most deadly viruses that can kill a child if they do not get proper care... and there is no vacination for it yet...

Lisa - posted on 09/22/2010

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well it started with my health while pregnant, eating right, no caffeine, no pop, taking vitamins and exercising. Then I did a no drugs birth, then I kept the baby with me while I was at the hospital and made sure the ppl there washed their hands before touching. Didn't let them do anything other than a hearing test to the baby, then brought the baby home. Breast fed exclusively, no vaccines. Organic, hormone free foods, breast fed for two years. Then got a few vaccines for things like polio and tetanus. Let them eat dirt. small rocks too, but no big rocks or animal pooh. :P
as for touching the baby when it (I've had four, three boys one girl so I say It because I'm referring to all of them) was little, I let people I know touch the baby's head, but not the hands. I never let a little kid touch the baby unless they washed their hands first and then if I guided them. all my babies grew up healthy, no major sicknesses or anything....until they started school. Then they got colds. I'm not recalling any flu. I know I get a lot of flak for my methods but I do what I consider healthy, we don't do doctors, we don't do the cold meds. I believe the best way to get healthy is to eat healthy--making sure you get tons of vitamins. Lots of raw or steamed veggies, fruits, etc.

Laura - posted on 10/11/2010

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and all though, Michelle disagreed with Lisa - if your child wants to eat dirt (and not recomending rocks - as they can choke a child)... let them... dirt has nutrients in it that can be beneficial to a child... from what most people and pediatricians have told me... (although, it does sound gross... and a little bit insane)...

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Geri - posted on 11/03/2010

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Hi moms! Lysol® recently joined Circle of Moms, and we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and share a few tips about helping to keep your baby healthy.

As you might have heard, a baby’s immune system isn’t fully developed for the first six months of his or her life, which makes it important to reduce exposure to germs and viruses during this time. A few simple steps can go a long way, such as insisting people wash their hands before holding the baby, disinfecting the changing table after each diaper change, and receiving a flu shot (a safe measure for pregnant women that will help to protect you and your baby from influenza and H1N1).

Aspen - posted on 10/26/2010

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When it comes to my kids, I steer clear of using anti-bacterial cleaners all the time. The less they are exposed to germs the less there bodies will know how to fight them when they do come in contact. I bathe my kids every other day(sensative skin issues), I feed them at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day, they drink water more than anything else, and I make sure they get their daily chewable vitamin. Of course they get a max of 4 glasses of milk and they get sweets or candies occasionally. I'm not anti-sugar, i'm just anti-sugar-all-the-time or on a daily basis. They play outside all the time if weather permits, when they are inside they use their imaginations and play with eachother and their toys, they get 1-2 hours of t.v. per week and 1 movie per week. I try not to be crazy strict, but they have values, morals, and they won't be babysat by a T.V.

Tara - posted on 10/21/2010

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Yep... Keeping them home and making sure nobody comes over that is sick and wash your hands and EVERYTHING else :) its a tough job but in the long run you and your child will be so much happier!

Julia - posted on 10/21/2010

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I got the H1N1 shot when I was pregnant, just so he would be protected from it as long as possible. I get his shots and I make sure to keep him home when others are sick. I don't let strangers touch him or anything like that. That's about it. The End.

Shameka - posted on 10/15/2010

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KEEP PLENTY GERMX ON HAND WHEN U GO OUT OR WHEN PEOPLE COME OVER THEIR SO EASY TO GET SICK AT THI AGE

Lisa_butler1991 - posted on 10/14/2010

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Ive heard the dirt theory and it is true that if they are exposed to the minor germs and things it makes them healthier in the long run so dont put crap on lisa lol (i dont agree with the rocks). I wouldnt let my child eat dirt but they do play out in the back yard supervised and do get quite filthy at times. I have two boys (1 and 2).

Emily Jane - posted on 10/13/2010

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Ive got a 3 year old..he has only been sick twice..both times due to changing daycare centers..hasnt even got the common cold....
It definately stars from pregnancy..keeping youself fit and not eating junk food. caffeine..or alcohol..common sense things to avoid..as much excercise as you can during the pregnancy..
by the time my child was ready for proper solids..making only home cooked meals as food hygene is a little worrying these days..
general things like teaching your child that after each meal ..washing hands and face..i must say my son never went through the eating rocks and dirt stage but anyway ..i wouldnt let him anyway as i dont know what could be in the dirt such as animal feces or lime..which would be dangerous to your child.
becides all the gernal vaccines that are for you child..having a clean house and no pets inside

Diane - posted on 10/13/2010

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Sometimes our children just get sick. I think its important to let them get dirty and play outside just because it helps build their immune system. I've heard many cases where kids are too clean and get sick more severely because their anitbodies can't defend themselves. Lucy got eczema terrible before she was two. Her skin was so dry, the doctors told me 1 bath a week and not for very long. But do your own research. I've found tons of herbal remedies for a-z issues. Eating fresh fruits and veggies will help your kids too.

Francesca - posted on 10/11/2010

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You've gotten a couple contradictory pieces of advice here so far...

During pregnancy, I made sure to get to all my doctor's appointments and follow their instructions. I watched my diet after being diagnosed marginal for gestational diabetes. I avoided alcohol and restricted my caffeine.

Once the baby was born I got all the recommended vaccines. (Research on negative consequences of vaccines has mostly been disproven or remains controversial. Historical understanding of the effect of the diseases being vaccinated against, on the other hand, is quite solid and non-controversial. I believe that vaccinations are an overwhelmingly positive benefit to society.)

I breastfeed my babies for at least the first year to give them as much immunity as I can. I feed them a nutritious balanced diet to the best of my ability as they start to eat food. I get them plenty of fresh air outdoors when the weather's not terrible. I make sure they have consistent nap times. I don't expose them to sick children and adults if I can help it.

In the development of an immune system, babies will get some colds and illnesses. I monitor those carefully and get the baby to the doctor if it seems like more than a cold.

Michelle - posted on 10/09/2010

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lisa..U Let ur kids eat dirt and small rocks???...how is that healthy???..my son is a heathly growing little 1 and a half year old advanced for his age...in both size and mental devolpment...only been sick 2 time in two years and one was caught by his half brother(his mom didnt mention he was sick when she asked me to babysit him)..you dont have to go anti germ crazy to have a healthy baby. Just make sure the bath daily..sometime i give him two baths depending on what hes doing and how messy he got..and make sure they eat a balanced diet..

Aicha - posted on 09/22/2010

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when my daughter was younger she is now a year old I kept her home when it was cold or wet outside and during the flu and cold season I avoided going out to crowed places also bought a big container of disinfectant wipes and wiped down the stroller and carseat regularly also hand washing all the time

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