Over the next few weeks and months, you will probably be seeing a lot of family for the holidays. If you or a family member has a newborn, there are a few things to remember to make sure these young lives stay healthy, such as don’t kiss the babies. When seeing a newborn, some may be inclined to give them a smooch since they are just too darn cute. But it is important to resist the temptation and remember, don’t kiss the babies this holiday.
A newborn is susceptible to all kinds of dangers outside the womb, and it is important to shield them from these dangers of sickness, especially when they are so little. While they are just oh so cute, resist your temptation to kiss the babies because the repercussions can be serious, and in worst-case situations, deadly.
RSV Season Is Here
RSV is Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a virus that in most people causes them to experience cold-like symptoms. While RSV isn’t super dangerous for most adults, it is very dangerous for the elderly, people with weak immune systems, and especially babies. This is one of the most important reasons why you should not kiss the babies this holiday season.
RSV can be spread through contact, primarily through droplets from the nose or throat of infected people. Even if you had a cold several days prior to seeing family members, you could still potentially be contagious. If you don’t feel well it is a safe bet to stay away from people in general, but even if you feel fine it is important not to kiss the babies at your family gatherings.
Keep the babies in the family safe by not holding them if you have recently been sick, and don’t kiss the babies under any circumstances, even if you feel fine. While your mature adult immune system can handle a virus like RSV, babies’ immune systems aren’t quite able to fend it off yet.
Babies are also susceptible to other sicknesses that can be transferred to them from an infected adult in close proximity. It is important for the health and safety of the babies in your family or your care to remember that their immune systems aren’t ready to defend their tiny bodies yet. Keep them safe by reminding people not to kiss the babies, to always wash their hands, and to stay away if they have been sick.
Just from a kiss on the cheek, babies can suffer from allergic reactions, HFMD, and fever blisters. If your baby has an allergy to peanuts or anything else, you probably don’t know about it at a young age. If someone ate something that your newborn is allergic to and then kisses them, it could cause an allergic reaction. This would be a terrible way to spend your holidays, and it is easily avoided by reminding people kindly to not kiss the babies.
HFMD is hand, foot, and mouth disease, and it is a virus that causes rashes and ulcers to appear around the hands, mouth, and feet. While it is typically not a very serious disease, it is extremely uncomfortable and we know you don’t want your baby to be experiencing any kind of sickness if it can be helped.
While no sickness can be completely prevented, you can still take the extra measure to keep them as safe as you can for as long as you can. Don’t kiss the babies this winter, and don’t let anyone else kiss your babies.
Call MD365 at (631) 772-4646 for your pediatric needs. We can see your whole family with our adult and pediatric care services. Don’t kiss the babies this season, and remind people not to kiss your babies. Contact us for your pediatric care needs, we can help keep your little one safe.