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Sep 16, 2008
We are constantly surrounded by friendly and unfriendly bacteria, viruses, and unnatural sources of danger. All of which can be beneficial or harmful depending on the amount and intensity of exposure. When newborns arrive into their world, we have to continue to offer protection against overexposure to potentially harmful elements. Nurturing helps their bodies protective systems adjust to exposure in the new environment.

Sunlight is essential to babies' health; it creates Vitamin D, through interaction with the skin. This helps the development of healthy bones and the autoimmune system, among a host of other benefits. Too much exposure, too soon, can lead to sunburn and possible skin cancers later in life. A good approach to feeding your baby sunlight is to introduce natural sunlight in small portions, at low exposure and limit the time spent in direct sunlight. Indirect exposure to sunlight is the safest method of getting the healthy benefits of the sun.

One other area that needs protection is your baby's ear canal. Bacteria can grow if the ear canal is too moist, and this will lead to ear infections. There are other causes of ear infections, such as allergies or when fluid accumulates behind the ear drum and causes swelling in the middle ear. One way to help protect against trapped fluids is to keep your baby's head and ear above the water line when giving baths. Also remember to position the baby's head so that water drains away from the ear canal during head shampoo or face wash.

Physical protection is an area we sometimes take for granted. When babies, become toddlers and start walking, curiosity rules their senses. They move fast, so their physical protection is of paramount importance. One of the leading sources of danger to babies and children under 14 years old is drowning, which can occur in any body of water including the bath. Drowning happens quickly and silently, so it is the responsibility of parents to find methods to protect against this danger. One sure way to protect against drowning is to have one-hundred percent of your attention on your baby, while in the bath, or on your child around the pool or body of water. Statistics reveal that drowning and near drowning occurs within seconds on immersion into the water.
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Baby protection begins with securing your child's important physical aspects. Baby and infant sun protection, is one area that needs close supervision to prevent sunburn and future skin disorders.
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