“Good enough” isn’t enough when it comes to caring for our babies. To ensure their health and well-being, our babies deserve the best of everything.
But during a global pandemic, how do we guarantee we’re still giving the best care possible for our children? When we’re being asked by doctors and healthcare experts to avoid physical contact, should we limit touching our babies and save it for when it’s absolutely necessary?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a mother’s touch means more to babies during these times. Even when a mother tests positive for viruses such as COVID-19, WHO still recommends breastfeeding, bonding, and sharing a room with the baby, given proper precautions. This is because a mother’s touch has lifelong benefits for babies and growing children.
It soothes and helps heal ailing babies.
A study conducted in Sao Paulo, Brazil showed that babies who suffered respiratory distress and other ailments had improved vital signs upon exposure to therapeutic touch. Not only were these babies able to relax after gentle touching, but their experience of pain was also significantly reduced.
It plays a vital role in growth and development.
A baby’s first experience of the world presents both short- and long-term effects. The Urban Child Institute says gentle touch during the first weeks of a child’s life promotes the child’s physical abilities and language and cognitive skills.
It influences a child’s emotional stability well into adulthood.
A 20-year study that followed the lives of premature and underweight babies suggested that those who received kangaroo care grew into emotionally stable adults. Those cut off in incubators in their first weeks showed signs of poor emotional control. As adults, they were also observed to have a weaker immune system and were easily stressed.
These benefits prove that a mother’s touch is essential, even as we all face threats of an unseen virus. If you’re scared of holding your baby for fear of transmission, especially if you have reason to believe you’re an asymptomatic carrier, follow WHO’s tips to ensure your newborn’s health and safety.
- Remember to practice proper respiratory hygiene.
- Wear a face mask whenever necessary.
- Wash your hands before and after touching the baby.
- Routinely disinfect the surfaces in your house.
It goes without saying that the products you use on your babies need to be as gentle on their skin as your touch. When it comes to baby lotion and body wash, try Johnson’s Cotton Touch. This range of babycare essentials offers hypoallergenic care suited for newborn skin. Blended with natural cotton, its easy-rinse wash and nonsticky lotion help babies feel soothed and comfortable.
Johnson’s understands that caring for babies these days requires different attention and care. When we’re all staying indoors, it’s best to be equipped with expert tips to help guarantee our babies’ safety and our own.
In line with this, Johnson’s launched the School of Gentle, a series of live Facebook sessions featuring healthcare experts discussing relevant topics on safety and childcare during the quarantine. Also included are topics like pregnancy and caring for newborn babies in the time of COVID-19.
Follow Johnson’s on Facebook to know more about Johnson’s Cotton Touch and to subscribe to Johnson’s School of Gentle. Watch previous sessions and keep updated with upcoming content.
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