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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and caring for your baby

Last updated by Stephanie.Rosser@essex.gov.uk on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and caring for your baby

 

During this time of social distancing and self-isolation, many people are finding day to day life challenging. For those with young babies it is likely to be even more difficult - you may want to show your baby off to family members who do not live with you, you might find an unsettled baby more difficult to deal with, you may be more anxious and concerned about your infant, you may be more tired than normal.

 

It is very important that you continue to follow the government guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

 

  • Continue to breastfeed your baby if you are doing so
  • Continue to follow safer sleep advice to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) – more on this below.
  • If you show symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) try not to cough or sneeze on your baby.
  • If your baby is unwell with a cold or fever don’t be tempted to wrap them up more than usual. Babies need fewer layers to lower their body temperature. Click here for more advice on temperature.

 

Always seek medical advice if you are worried about your baby – either linked to coronavirus (COVID-19) or any other health issue. There is specific advice to be following during the COVID-19 crisis, which details symptoms your baby may exhibit and what medical advice you need to take in each instance. The leaflet and video can be found here.

 

Safer Sleep Advice

 

DO:

 

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Breastfeed your baby.
  • Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the
  • same room as you for the first 6 months.
  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition.

 

DON’T:

 

  • Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby.
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, have drunk alcohol, have taken drugs or medication or are extremely tired, or if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight.
  • Avoid letting your baby get too hot.
  • Don’t cover your baby’s face or head whilst sleeping or use loose bedding.
  • To avoid accidents remove all pillows, cot bumpers and soft toys from the cot
  • Don’t sleep your baby on a soft surface such as a pod or nest

 

 

More information is available on our Safer Sleep webpage and the Lullaby Trust website. If you have questions about safer sleep contact The Lullaby Trust information line on 0808 802 6869 or email info@lullabytrust.org.uk.

 

Tips for sharing the new baby love

  • Stay in touch with family via FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype
  • Take lots of pictures and videos of your new born to share with family/friends

If you are feeling overwhelmed and you are increasingly anxious it is important to talk about this with your Health Visitor.