Why it's a no-no to kiss a newborn infant!
Most of us are aware of the dangers of kissing a baby. The evident reason is that babies are prone to illnesses since their immune system is still developing. Also, they haven't been immunized against many diseases yet, so even a mild kiss could be fatal. Furthermore, hazardous bacteria that are resting on your body and clothes could pass on to the newborn.
This may seem obvious, but let's delve more into the dangers of kissing a baby, the symptoms to look out for, and the safeguards that parents should take.
Risks of kissing a baby
For normal development, newborns require affection. There is nothing wrong with kissing your baby, but you need to be alert to the risks involved, not only as a precaution but also so that you can advise visitors accordingly. The first rule of thumb for kissing a baby is to never kiss a baby near the baby's mouth. Doing so will increase your risk of spreading germs and disease.
So, let's have a look at the actual dangers of kissing a baby:
- Cold sores: This is, without a doubt, the most dangerous of the bunch. If a person has cold sores, also known as oral herpes and fever blisters, they may pass them on to the infant even if they only give a peck on the hand. HSV 1 (Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1) causes the illness, which begins with blisters around the lips and mouth and subsequently spreads to the cheeks and chin. A couple lost their 18-day-old baby to this terrible sickness that was thought to be transmitted through kissing not long ago. So keep your baby away from anyone who has been diagnosed with cold sores or is experiencing symptoms.
- Respiratory illness: It takes around 8 years for the lungs to fully develop, so you can imagine how underdeveloped a newborn's respiratory system is. Any respiratory ailment virus transmitted to the newborn through kissing could be dangerous. The infection could cause swelling in the baby's lungs with tiny air tubes, making breathing difficult for them.
- Kissing disease: Kissing illness, also known as mononucleosis, is an infection transmitted through kissing. Although it is known to afflict teenagers and adults more frequently, it can also harm neonates. The illness causes a runny nose and fussy behavior in infants and toddlers, and in rare situations, it can also cause respiratory difficulties. It is highly contagious and incurable. Only until the child's immune system is strong enough to resist it can it be treated.
- Hand, foot, and mouth disease: Hand, foot, and mouth disease usually occurs at some point in childhood and is characterized by ulcers on the entire body and mouth of the child. This disease can spread by any touch, including a kiss. In such circumstances, children become weary, have a sore throat, and become irritable. They are even afflicted with a fever. Any sick adult or child should avoid coming into close contact with your infant or kissing him, even on his tiny hands.
- Cavities: We all know that a high sugar diet combined with poor dental care can lead to cavities. As new parents, we should be aware that a bacteria known as Streptococcus Mutans can be transmitted to a newborn through the saliva of someone who has cavities. While kissing a newborn might cause the transfer, even simple actions such as blowing on food to chill it down for the baby can cause it.
- Risks associated with skincare products: Skincare products are a necessity for many adults. While we are not immune to the acute dangers that these items pose, babies are not. These items contain harmful chemicals that can cause severe skin problems in babies and possibly put them at risk of developing cancer. It's also worth noting that any ingredient in your lipstick or lip balm could cause an allergic reaction in a newborn.
- Food allergies: Many children and adults suffer from food allergies as a result of one or more foods. People may be unaware that their lipstick contains gluten, which can be dangerous to a child with celiac disease. It's recommended to avoid kissing on or around the baby's lips since you never know what kind of food the person has eaten, and fragments of it could still be lingering in their mouth.
Weakened immune system: Babies are most susceptible to disease during the first several months of life when their gut microbes are still developing. As a result, each child or adult who comes into touch with your newborn must ensure that they have cleaned their hands thoroughly and are free of any indications of disease. It's possible that an adult or child, uninformed of their disease, comes up to the newborn and kisses it.
In this case, babies will be exposed to bacteria and have to fight them with weak immunity. In addition, babies begin receiving immunizations at birth and continue until they reach a specific age, and they require multiple doses for the vaccine to be effective in their bodies. As a result, for the first several months, their bodies have no immunity and are highly susceptible to pathogens. You should keep a close eye on your youngster and ensure that he is free of diseases.
Symptoms parents should watch out for
The greatest thing parents can do is keep an eye out for any or all of these symptoms while taking the required safeguards.
- Fever in the first month
- Throat irritation
- Breathing problems
- Feeding problems
- Loss of weight
- Urination is less frequent.
- Long snoozes
- Crying non-stop
- Irritable behavior
Precautions to help parents:
Parents should take a few easy but vital precautions to protect their newborns from infections and illnesses.
- Stick to the vaccination schedule as closely as possible, and don't skip or forget any vaccinations.
- When holding a baby, always wash your hands. Because the newborn's gut bacteria is still forming, children and teenagers, in particular, should be urged to wash their hands before touching a baby.
- People with respiratory problems or contagious infections should keep a safe distance from the infant.
- Inform visitors about the safety procedures to be followed to keep the newborn safe.
- Bathe your child regularly.
- Maintain the baby's personal and oral hygiene.
- Maintain your baby's freshness at all times. When new wipes are needed, use them.
Kissing infants has considerable risks, and kissing your baby on the lips makes matters worse. However, this does not rule out the possibility of kissing your child. You are free to snuggle with your infant to your heart's delight if you follow the precautions stated above.
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