Monday, March 3, 2014
Don't touch the baby's hands!
See these sweet little hands? I know you just want to touch them and let them get a strong hold on your finger. Please resist the urge.
Please know that I love to share my babies. They bring me such joy, and I love to be able to share that joy. Often it is a sweet grandma touching my baby's fingers, and I try to think of them as my baby's grandmothers and great-grandmothers. I imagine that these ladies have a sweet little one that they would love to touch and kiss, but their sweet babies are far away just as mine are from their grandmothers. Or maybe this person just loves babies like I do.
What you/they may not realize (or remember) is....
-It’s cold and flu season (or not). You have not washed your hands (and we're all out in a public place touching all sorts of things). Though they may look clean, they carry many germs. My baby sticks her fingers in her mouth all the time; all of those germs just entered her system through your touch.
-I'm trying so hard to keep my family healthy, though the inevitable happens often enough. My other (young) children are at home with the sitter so they don't pick up germs at the store and share with the baby. The baby must come with me though; she needs to nurse too often to stay behind.
-The last cold that came through the house resulted in an ear infection for this sweet baby (requiring a trip to urgent care), a ruptured ear drum for an older brother, and pneumonia for an older sister. Colds are hard on a young family (though that last one was exceptionally bad).
*The antibiotics, pain relievers, essential oils and nebulizer required to heal and comfort her during this last cold. The nebulizer was needed for breathing treatments.
-New mamas are usually short on sleep; add in a sick baby, and we're running on fumes. We cringe when a stranger touches our baby's fingers, no matter how sweet you are.
-Mamas, please teach your children not to touch a baby's hands. This is just a good standard, and maybe they will remember this courtesy as adults. If they have a runny nose or are sick remind them to stay away from baby.
Please consider the health and well being of the next baby you see before reaching out to grab that finger.
DO take a moment to comment on how sweet etc the baby is. You might ask to softly pat baby's head or squeeze their toes (if easily accessible). It is a bright spot in my day when I can share the joy of my baby. BUT DON'T TOUCH THE FINGERS!!!!