Post # 1
As I’m getting closer to D-Day I’m wondering what to do about the ever growing list of people who want to visit us in the hospital. I’m a germ phobe and kind of starting a mini-freak out about all the cold/flu/stomach flu I’ve been hearing about. Do you think I’d be terrible to ask the nurses to hang a sign about using purel before coming in, or asking them to wash their hands before holding her?
Post # 3
I had our little girl in May and people were pretty good about knowing their limits. My husband had people in his office visit in the hospital, which in a way was nice because they didnt’ visit us at home and it made the visit shorter, but they didn’t even bat their eyes when I asked everyone to wash their hands and if they were feeling sick not to hold her. Maybe they were just appeasing me because I was a new mommy but they all were very understanding that newborns are a bit more sensitive than an adult to germs.
Post # 4
A lot of hopsitals will recommend that visitors wash their hands before touching/visiting a newborn. You can also ask your visitors to wash their hands before touching your little one.
My BIL/SIL did this when their little one was born. Now for our little one because he is in the NCIU unit currently only way anyone can access the unit is to first wash your hands and they have this foam stuff by the incubators also to use.
Post # 5
We visited one of our friends in the hospital with her newborn (after she told us that it would be ok). There was a hand sanitizer dispenser at the entrance to her hospital room, and we were instructed to use it before going anywhere near the baby. I wasn’t offended at all.
Post # 6
I am an NICU nurse, and I know I am going to be psycho about handwashing with my own baby. NO ONE will touch my newborn without washing their hands or sanitizing first (because for virus and bacteria sanitizer is just as good as handwashing). I am also going to do everything in my power to keep anyone with cough, fever, nausea and vomiting, etc away from my newborn. I think after a month, I will start to relax the handwashing rules, but I think it is better to be safe and for people to roll their eyes at you, then to end up with a sick baby!
OP – If you want to hang a sign on your door about using hand sanitizer prior to touching the baby, I would suggest you make one up and bring it along, then just ask permission to put it up. My friend also just put her own bottle of hand sanitizer in the end of the baby’s bassinet, and people took the hint pretty readily.
Post # 7
You do also have the option of just not having visitors at the hospital. Aside from family I dont want anyone to come see me at the hospital. I would much prefer for people to come see me at home when the baby is atleast a week old or more and I’ve had some time to get a hang of certain things
Post # 8
I think a sign is perfectly acceptable. In my experience, everyone who visited used the sanitizer as soon as they stepped foot in the door without my asking, and my sick cowerker and friend knew to stay away and visit at a later time. Most people know the drill, esp if they already have children.
Post # 9
I’m not a germ phobe but we still asked everyone to wash hands. I think it’s just normal when you have a new born. Nobody thought it was weird, and they were all perfectly happy to do it.
Post # 10
I delivered my first baby on Thursday. Lots of people wanted to visit us in the hospital, but we only extended the invitation to our parents and siblings. Everyone else who asked was told, very politely, that we wanted to wait and see how the delivery went and that we would be happy to set up a time in the coming weeks for them to meet our baby.
Also, we asked our dads (and will ask everyone who comes into contact with her in the near future) to wash their hands but also to stay home if they’re sick or getting over something. People might get offended, but we really don’t care.
In retrospect, I’m so glad we didn’t let anyone else visit at the hospital. It was overwhelming as it was. For three days, someone is checking on you or the baby almost hourly. You’ll have some time to yourselves but you’ll also want to get as much rest as possible. I’m so glad nobody else came to visit us. It would have been too overwhelming.