The visitor’s guide

When a baby is born,a swarm of people come visitng. And more often than not,parents get paranoid about infections.

Written by Ishita Yadav | Published: February 8, 2009 11:58 am

When a baby is born,a swarm of people come visitng. And more often than not,parents get paranoid about infections. It’s not that your child will catch an infection from every visitor,say docotors,but here are a few things to look out for:

Guest check
Make sure no one enters the baby’s room directly.“When a person comes from outside,they carry germs with them. If the air is cold outside,their clothes and hands will be cold. If they go directly to the baby’s room,the child catch a cold or infection,” says Dr Indira Misra,paediatrics,Apollo Hospital,Bilaspur. Instead,make the person sit in another room for 10 minutes,wash their hands with warm water and then take them to the baby.

Baby’s day out
A baby needs fresh air. While there is no standard age limit for the baby to step out,you must make sure that the baby is well covered. “Some parents keep a baby confined to a well-heated room they think the baby may catch an infection outdoors. However,fresh air is also necessary for the baby’s growth,” says Dr Misra.

Keep away from malls and restaurants
You don’t want strangers kissing,touching and breathing all over your newborn. “Public places are full of infection. Anything you touch has been touched by thousands of other people,some of whom would be down with a viral or a cold,” says Dr Chandramouli Medasani,paediatrics,Apollo Hospitals,Hyderabad. It’s best to avoid these places till the baby is at least six months old.u — Ishita Yadav

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