What gestures do we usually use to show love and affection to little ones? Hugging, kissing, verbal compliments, giggling and the likes. But, do you know that it is really not advisable to kiss a newborn’s or infant’s face, lips, not even hands. Frustrating, trully. Especially for Momma’s like me. Everytime my baby is sleeping right next to me, or when im cuddling with him and he stares back at me, or just simply when he makes a cutie face look, i surely want to dive and shower him with kisses. How I’d giggle and want to kiss those cheeks soundly. But no, I’d rather not risk it. Why? Why should we be cautious with this thing? Read on to find out why.
The Risks of Kissing a Baby
Streptococcus Mutans is a kind of bacteria present in a person’s saliva. When you kiss a baby, it can be passed on to him and it can cause cavities in his teeth. Oral hygiene is very important especially when you are around the little ones.
•Cold Sores Caused by Herpes Simplex Virus type1
An adult who has stronger immune system may be unaware that he is carrying such virus. However, a baby who has never had any antibodies and immunity to fight against these viruses will surely be in trouble. Cold sores and blisters may develop around the mouth area and spread in the face. It may even get worse if unattended.
A woman who is wearing cosmetics and lipstic that has a strong chemicals on it might trigger allergies to babies. Also, someone who has been out for a meal might still got bits of food around his mouth and would trigger allergic reaction when he showers kisses to the baby.
•Respiratory Syncytial Virus
This virus causes Respiratory and Lung Infections. Considering that it is highly contagious, babies are vulnerable to it. An adult’s simple cough and cold could already be a different case when it comes to babies. When someone is sick, he should not get around to babies without any protection like mask.
•Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
This disease is very common among children. It can easily be passed through close contact, touching and kissing. It’s symptoms includes sores especially in mouth, hand and feet, children feel extra tired, they might experience sore throat, and fever might come too.
In Handling Kids and Babies, Remember to:
•Maintain your good hygiene. As a mother or someone who handles the baby daily, you should be clean all the time too.
•Wash hands or sanitize hands before handling babies especially newborn and infant.
•Keep baby clean all day long by wiping with wet wipes and baby wipes. Keep him fresh too.
•Tell people around you to practice hand washing and sanitizing too before they touch the baby.
•Educate people near that kissing the baby is a No No. Make them understand why too.
Handling newborn and infants requires extra care and attention. They are the most vulnerable when it comes to germs, virus and bacteria around us. Practice the do’s and don’ts. It is better to contain our affection and overwhelming feeling towards the baby by ourselves than put them at risk. No regret will ever come first so better take precautions seriously.