Brining home a new baby is exciting. And, a little nerve-racking, too.
Two big girls are bringing home a lot of germs from school and their friends. Not only are those germs in the house, but they are on their hands, too. And, boy do they like to touch their sister. All the time. Including her face and her hands.
So, we try really hard to remind the big girls how important it is to wash their hands before they touch their sister. We want them to understand that there are little tiny germs on them. And, even though the germs don’t make them sick, they can make their sister sick. They might overdo it sometimes, but that’s okay!
While we are very lucky that our little girl wasn’t a preemie, it’s still important to continue with proper baby etiquette and RSV prevention techniques. You never know if a baby might have a compromised immune system.
The germs my girls bring home are sort of hard to prevent, but the ones that aren’t? The visitors to the house. And, everybody needs a reminder:
- Call before you visit. New parents need time to set up a routine and bond. By giving them time to do so before you visit, you are respecting the new family.
- Postpone a visit if you feel that you may be getting sick, have recently been ill or exposed to illness.
- Remember that parents know best. If you feel they are being overprotective or overly cautious, just consider that only they know what’s best for the health of their new son or daughter.
- Offer to do something to ease their responsibilities as they spend time as a family, such as laundry, cooking or dishes. Sleep-deprived moms and dads will appreciate your help!
Then, there are the people out in the community; church, the store, daycare, etc. We know they all mean well, but really, why do they want to touch my baby? I’ve actually seen people with signs on their strollers saying “please don’t touch, it’s RSV season.” And, it totally makes sense. I’ve seen way too many friends with preemies end up in the hospital because of RSV, or they are quarantined in their house because they can’t trust strangers to not touch their children.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and received promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.