Keeping Your Baby Healthy This Winter

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While healthcare is important year-round, there are some ailments that particularly occur in the winter. Baby immune systems are easily targeted by colds.

According to an article from Parents.com, parents should pay particular attention when taking babies outside in the winter to ensure they stay warm.The article warns, "If you do venture out, dress your munchkin in layers. Tots 12 months and older require the same amount of clothing as you do, and younger babies need one extra layer, says Robert Bonner, M.D., a pediatrician at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. A hat is a must, and be sure to protect your snow bunny's fingers and toes. He'll need waterproof boots once he'swalking."

Products covered by your FSA:

  1. Baby Thermometers. Parents.com cautions that if an infant has a fever over 100.4F, parents call a doctor right away. You can also buy baby aspirin with an FSA, and this product requires a prescription for reimbursement with your FSA.
  2. Nasal aspirators and saline solution. If you think your baby might have a cold, you can help fight a stuff nose with nasal aspirators or saline solution.If you suspect your baby has flu-like symptoms, connect with a doctor immediately.
  3. Medicator bottles. If you need administer some type of medication, there are special medicatorsthat deliver medications in a pain-free way and keep your baby comfortable.
  4. Breast Pumps & Accessories (cleaning wipes, storage bags, nipple shields, etc.).According to Parents.com, "Another way to ward off bugs: "Continuebreastfeedingas long as possible," Dr. Hersey says.Breast milksupplies your child with antibodies that can help her fight illnesses."
  5. Baby sunscreen (SPF 15+). While some may think that sun care is only relevant in sunny weather or in the midst of summer, baby skin is fragile and requires protection from the elements.
Shop for all of these Baby Care items at FSA Store.

Products requiring a prescription for FSA reimbursement:

  • Baby aspirin
  • Chest rubs
  • Diaper rash cream

Medical services:

  • Vaccinations/Immunizations
Parents.com adds, "For tots younger than 5, the flu isn't only an inconvenience; it can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia that could land your baby in the hospital. That's why a flu vaccine, which can prevent 66 percent of infections in young children, is an absolute must for kids 6 months of age and older, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says."

Discover services and products for baby care covered by your FSA via the Eligibility List.

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