Yesterday we looked at some ideas for germ proofing your little one - here are some more ideas. Breastfeed: Breastfeeding...
Yesterday we looked at some ideas for germ proofing your little one - here are some more ideas. baby immunityBreastfeed: Breastfeeding is one of the number one ways to boost immunities. Breast milk is chock full of great antibodies and research shows that breast milk can reduce ear infections, colds, allergies, bowel issues, and all kinds of other sicknesses. Breastfeed for as long as you can - 6 months at a minimum for the maximum antibody protection. Keep up with vaccines: It's a personal choice to have your baby immunized, but babies who are can avoid potentially life-threatening problems like meningitis and whooping cough. To immunize or not is a long topic, for another time. That said, I support parent choice in the matter and have friends who don't vaccinate. I vaccinated my son, because why worry about diseases if I don't have to. I have enough on my mind - that was my basic take. Practice bottle safety: If you bottle feed, make sure you sterilize, use clean water for mixing formula, and always refrigerate until you use it. Also, do not give your baby a bottle of leftover formula, one that he already drank from. Powerful solids: Once your little starts solids, choose power-packed bites that boost immunity. Vitamin C and beta carotene are two immune boosting solid nutrients. Carrots, blueberries, spinach, and sweet potatoes are great choices. Go with fresh when possible and cook for the least amount of time needed to soften the foods to preserve nutrients. Kisses: Some research shows that you should try to avoid kissing your baby on the lips. I think this immunity tip is pushing it. There is proof that you can pass germs on if your mouth is unclean (lots of germs hide in our mouths). That said, if you follow basic mouth hygiene, like brushing and flossing, I highly doubt that kisses will be of any huge concern. Frankly, I'd be more worried about a baby not getting kisses. What do you think? 

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