Taking care of your newborn baby may be one of the most important jobs you will ever do. This means that your infant needs your constant attention and care, thus health problems will be avoided.
This also means that you have to keep the baby safe from outer influences, and as much as you want your friends and relatives to see the baby, they may bring in infections and bacteria that can harm him.
Bacteria and infections can be found everywhere, from homes to playgrounds, so you need to be extra attentive and careful when you bring your baby in such environments.
When you are taking care of your baby you really need to look out for people with colds, coughs, sneezing and sinus problems- all these things can impair your baby’s health.
The same goes for you- if you are feeling sick, steer clear from other people’s babies.
To confirm how dangerous a contact with a baby is, here is a true story from UK mum, Claire Henderson and her newborn daughter Brooke. When Claire’s baby was kissed on the mouth, the baby developed the herpes virus which spread on her mouth, cheeks and chin.
This forced Claire to spend 5 days in the hospital, fearing for her baby’s wellbeing.
Fortunately, the baby healed well. In case you did not know, the herpes virus can be deadly for babies younger than 3 months, and such an example was discovered in Queensland. Baby Eloise Lampton got in touch with the virus and unfortunately could not survive it, since she was only several days old.
After what happened to her baby girl, Claire Henderson wrote on social media: “The moral of the story is DO NOT let anyone kiss your newborn’s mouth, even if they don’t look like they have a cold sore”
Babies are so fragile and gentle and their health needs constant monitoring, so be aware of potential dangers.
Also, babies have not build immune system for six weeks upon birth, and almost anything can harm them. Just a simple runny nose and cold can be fatal for your baby, so take proper care of him/her.
It is not about being paranoid or a hypochondriac, it is just being a dedicated parent that has her baby’s needs and health as priority.
And there is no need of feeling guilty- we all do what we think is best for our children. So, until your baby is able to adapt to a certain surrounding properly, you are in charge of what you expose him/ her to.
Nothing is more valuable than life, and life is measured from day one onwards.