Children’s cheeks are practically irresistible and everyone wants to kiss them. But what should be an act of caring, can turn into a huge headache. The Graão de Gente Blog explains all the dangers hidden by kiss the baby.
Can you or can’t you kiss the baby?
Of course, the mother and close family members are not strictly prohibited from kissing the baby, but to prevent contagious diseases it is always recommended to wash your hands and prevent this act of affection from becoming a constant habit. We explain why:
Fragility in the immune system
According to a Dutch study, during the kiss, 80 million bacteria transfer. Although at birth the baby is immune to some diseases due to the protective antibodies it receives through the mother’s placenta, its immune system is immature and therefore very susceptible to infections, caused by a large number of microorganisms.
Now, just imagine this exposure to a body so fragile, it only starts the development of the immune system from the second trimester of pregnancy. Dangerous, isn’t it?
Herpes has no cure! When the virus settles in the body, the infection manifests itself through wounds, such as canker sores or rashes formed by small bubbles of liquid, and even without visible symptoms.
This resistance turns on a strong red alert as there is always the possibility of infecting another person through kissing or touching. You can confirm the infection by laboratory analysis of the blister fluid, urine sample, secretions from the eyelids, secretions from the nostrils, blood or cerebrospinal fluid.
Hold that kiss!
Recently, a mother in the UK published a story about kissing the baby that went viral. It all started when the girl’s family and friends went to visit her 1-month-old daughter, Brooke, and one of the visitors passed the herpes simplex virus 1 to a young girl without knowing it.
“Please share this with all the new mothers and pregnant women you know… HERPES WOUNDS CAN BE FATAL FOR A BABY. Before 3 months of age, a baby cannot fight the herpes virus. If a baby contracts this, it can cause liver and brain damage and lead to death.
I know it sounds like I’m an alarmist, but if my friend hadn’t told me about it, my daughter could have been seriously ill. I noticed the signs early and took her to A&E, now we have been in the hospital for 3 days and we have 2 more to stay. She was very lucky, all of her tests are ok.
The moral of the story is: DO NOT let anyone kiss your newborn’s mouth, even if it does not appear to have a wound – 85% of the population carries the virus. And if the person does, ask to stay away until the wound is gone. Everyone I talked to hadn’t heard of it before and so I felt it was important to share Brooke’s story and raise awareness to prevent anyone else from going through it. ”
Rules for visiting the newborn
- Visitors should wash and disinfect their hands before touching the baby.
- Do not allow visitors or third parties to kiss the newborn’s face and hands.
- Protect baby’s skin against minor injuries that serve as a gateway to harmful microorganisms.
- Conveniently sanitize pacifiers and other items involved in preparing the baby’s food.
- In the first months of life, do not mix the utensils used in feeding the baby with those of the rest of the family.
- Comply with the National Vaccination Plan.
Vaccination is the only effective way to prevent diseases
Baby’s first bath at home, without fear!