Ditto, especially the breastfeeding and getting as much sunshine as you can, or I take purified Cod Liver Oil pills as an alternate D source.
Breastfed babies are generally pretty well protected from things.
I got a horrible illness when my DS was a couple of months old, in the middle of winter, with vomiting and could hardly hold down water, and was totally breastfeeding him. He didn't get sick in the slightest. I lost something like 15 lbs in 3 days though, from not being able to eat solids, and nursing a big baby all the time!
But it was a blessing because at my breast, he was happy and content, so I could lie in bed and be sick, AND he didn't catch it because of breastmilk's immunity protection.
There's a reason why babies traditionally did not get the major illnesses that older kids did (like chickenpox, etc) and it's breastfeeding. It protects them through their most sensitive, vulnerable periods.
Originally Posted by Artichokie
my DD #1 was born at the very end of December in a northern climate and was not sick even once for her first year.
1. nurse and wear your baby. If you keep your baby near you, you will make antibodies for what she is exposed to and she will get them though your breast milk.
2. wash your hands with hot water and soap. Often.
3. when you come home from shopping/school/work, change your clothes and shoes and wash your hands and have your kids and dh do the same. I have no idea if there is any scientific merit to not wearing the same clothes in the house, but we made a habit of changing into house-only sweats after errands and it was nice to feel less germy, anyway.
4. do not feel bad limiting other people from holding your new baby. Her health comes before anyone's wishes to hold her.
5. use a humidifier at night.
6. make sure you are taking vitamin d so she can get some from your milk.
7. get fresh air and sun when you can. Bundle her up and take a short walk when it is sunny.
8. elderberry syrup is amazing for fighting colds for you and your dh and kids. I am a pretty skeptical person and was blown away by how quickly it knocked out my dd's cold a couple of weeks ago. If you haven't already, you might get your kids and dh on a vit d supplement. I have read on mdc (but not seen the research myself) that vit d supplementation can be as effective as (more effective than?) the flu shot for preventing the flu.