Visitors, please do not kiss a newborn baby ! I repeat never kiss a newborn baby !
Last year, An 18 days old Baby Mariana passed away after being diagnosed with meningitis. That was a complication of HSV1 ( Herpes Simplex Virus type 1). And how did she get the virus? By an innocent kiss from someone who was a carrier of the virus. This took the internet by storm. A simple kiss led to this unfortunate and heart breaking incident. Meningitis cause by herpes is rare(1 in 1000 live births) but this can be devastating if it does occur.
K for Kiss Me Not, Don’t Kiss a Newborn Baby
Babies have an immature immune system. Thus, bacteria and viruses that cause mild illness in adults and children may cause sever illness in the babies. There are many people who find the 40 days confinement period illogical. But this is one of the reasons why a newborn baby is not allowed to come in contact with outside people till he is 40 days of age. Of course, we need to be cautious all the time. There should be strict guidelines for the people who visit the hospital to see the baby. And care should be taken that if anyone has a slight symptom of any illness, they should avoid visiting.
Here are a few guidelines for new parents :
- Everyone should wash their hands with soap before touching the baby.
- Someone who has symptoms of cold, fever or any other illness should refrain from visiting the baby. Someone who has cold sore should not kiss the baby at all.
- Family members who are fit can kiss the baby on the bottom of the feet or back of the head. Avoid kissing on face or hands.
- Check any signs of HSV infections in newborns.
- Get your flu shots, in fact flu shots should be taken by close family members who stay close to the baby all the time.
It is Okay to be Rude
I know we sometimes feel that it would be rude if we prompt someone to not kiss the baby. But it is okay to be rude when it comes to your little darling whom you have nurtured for nine months inside your body. Nothing comes before his health and well being.
More about Baby Mariana from her mother.
This blog is a part of my series on A-Z of Parenting, Unlearn the Alphabets after becoming parents and Blogchatter AtoZ.