How can I reduce the risk of my baby catching my cold?

Simple, well-known actions remain the best way to avoid getting colds. If you make habits of them, you’ll stack the odds in your favour. But if you do have a cold:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before taking care of your child.
  • Cover your mouth with the inner crook of your elbow when you cough or sneeze to avoid contaminating your hands, the main transmission vehicle.
  • It’s a good idea to wear a mask when caring for your baby and be sure to wash your hands before.
  • Whenever possible, limit your time with your baby to reduce the risk of contamination. Ensure that others with colds around your child do the same.
  • Discard used tissues and masks after use.
  • On a regular basis, wash your child’s toys and other items that you may have touched.
  • Aerate daily the spaces in which your child spends time to prevent him (her) from being contaminated by the ambient air.