How can I keep my baby from getting the flu?

Q: Is there anything I can do to help keep my baby healthy during flu season?

A: Because the influenza virus can be dangerous, the American Academy of Pediatrics and virtually all other official medical groups recommend the flu shot every fall or winter for children 6 months of age and older. But it can be just as important to keep people from getting sick in the first place by staying healthy. So how do you do this? Well, I've always thought the simplest answers are best: Keep your baby hydrated and well rested; feed her a healthy, low-sugar diet; keep her away from crowds; wash your own hands and your child's often; and don't let anyone within 50 yards of your baby unless they wash theirs! —Jay Gordon, M.D., author of Listening to Your Baby