Newborn being around sick people?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
6980 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If my family members were sick I would probably let them see the baby, but not hold him or her. If it was absolutely necessary for some reason I would request they wash their hands and wear a mask. And I’m assuming this is something like a cold, not the flu etc.

Post # 3
3437 posts
Sugar bee

shanbp:  I’ll have to say, we were very viligant about NO sick people around her. In fact, no one saw our daughter (except our moms) well until she was 2-3 months old.  Our moms saw her the day after she was born, and didn’t see her until I went back to work and my husband and I wanted to deal with people again.  But that’s what we chose, I know that’s extreme and it doesn’t work for everyone (but she was born in January) and we didn’t want to risk her getting very sick very quickly.

Post # 5
314 posts
Helper bee

I would FREAK OUT too! sick people need to stay away from babies

Post # 6
2896 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i was pregnant earlier this year and would have been due in november (thanksgiving week) and i was planning on basically being a shut-in for the first 2 months. 

my husband has 13 nieces and nephews and when one kid gets sick, it very quickly spreads to everyone else (thank god i have a pretty good immune system), so there’s no way i was going to expose my newborn to a bunch of germy people.

Post # 7
7196 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

My DD was born in November of last year. I was adamant about not letting her near sick people. It’s just not worth it. I also feel like people who are sick should not make the selfish decision to visit a newborn.

Post # 8
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I cant say I would exclude my parents or inlaws from seeing my new born baby… but it would be brief and at a distance- like through a window. 

If it were anyone else (aunts/uncles/cousins/siblings etc. they would have to wait until they were better) 

Post # 9
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was very vigilant about not letting any sick people around our son, born in January, and he still caught a virus and passed away.  It is the worst thing that could ever happen, but I could not imagine the guilt I would feel if there was anything that I could have done to prevent it (ie letting sick family around him).  I am super paranoid now, and won’t let anyone at all around our new baby due in March, but especially not anyone sick! How stupid!

Post # 10
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

shanbp:  People (at any age) showing visible signs of illness (especially during flu season) were not allowed into the maternity ward at our hospital. 

My baby was born mid-feb and I really didn’t worry too much about her getting sick.  I wouldn’t let someone with a raging illness hold her or anything, but honestly I didn’t even require people to wash their hands before holding her and she was fine.  I’m not sure if they did or not, I was too tired to notice.  We were also out and about from day 5 or so.  Only our parents and siblings saw her in the hospital and for the first 2-3 weeks home anyways.  I don’t think any of those people would have come near her if they weren’t feeling well anyways.

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Post # 11
42166 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

shanbp:  Babies are actually born with a certain level of immunity that they get from their mother. So, in general you don’t have to be hyper paranoid.

It is dangerous for newborns to get whooping cough or the flu. You can help prevent that by being up to date with your own immunizations and encouraging those around you to do the same.

I’m not saying that you should deliberately expose babies to known sick people, but they are tougher than you think.

We know that a newborn’s immune system is not nearly as effective as an adult’s or even an older child’s, and that it takes many months before a newborn can fight off infection as well as someone whose immune system is fully matured. Nonetheless, you may be pleasantly reassured to know that newborns are much better protected against (or immune to) potential illnesses and diseases than you might otherwise think. This is because during pregnancy, disease-fighting antibodies made in the mother’s immune system are able to make their way across the placenta and into her baby’s body. Fortunately, these antibodies stick around for several months and are able to give newborns an added level of protection from many routine illnesses during this important time when they are not as able to effectively make their own antibodies. However, all good things must come to an end, and infants gradually get less and less benefit from their mothers’ antibodies—that is, unless they are breastfed.

Post # 12
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

MrsWBS:  +1 Same experience. Nobody that was sick was allowed in the maternity ward.

I had my son end of March, and nobody sick came in to hold our baby. I also wasn’t too worried about him getting sick either. I chanced it and took my son, at 2 days old, to see his great grandma in the nursing home. At a few weeks old (or maybe he was only a week, I don’t remember) he also went to the middle school that my husband teaches at so the kids could sing our son a special song. Maybe I took a few risks with my son, but everyone (including the kids) were very respectful not to touch him. Of course I wouldn’t have done that if the flu was going around or something, so I made sure it was safe.

Post # 13
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Sick people are most contagious before they start showing symptoms. Newborns also receive a level of immunity from the mother via the placenta before birth: that’s why mothers can be vaccinated against several common illnesses whilst pregnant, because they pass on their immunity to their child via the placenta.

It’s also pretty hard to protect your kids from the common cold. What happens if a woman in labour has a cold? They can’t just isolate her.

Post # 15
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No sick family members will be allowed to see our newborn (I’m also due in February), and we are probably not letting our three under 4 year old nieces see the baby for at least a few weeks after he’s born.

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