(Closed) Do you ask people to Purell their hands before holding your baby?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
11744 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Derp:  No I didn’t, but yes a lot of new moms seem to do this. 

Post # 3
3696 posts
Sugar bee

Hell, no – I want my baby to actually develop a robust immune system that can handle germs (i.e. do what it’s supposed to do).

Post # 4
6291 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

KCKnd2:  Yup, this. Never heard so much nonsense in my life. 

Post # 5
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Nope. People go overboard these days (I understand there are some circumstances where it’s needed). We don’t do this with our Dear Daughter, babies need some exposure to build an immune system.  When I was a kid in the 80’s kids would eat dirt and they turned out fine.

Post # 6
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015


Lots of people do. Especially when they’re brand new. The only time I would ask something like this is if a friend or family memeber just had a cigarette I would ask them to wash their hands. Other than that, a few germs will help!

Post # 7
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I don’t have any kids, but I’ve definitely dealt with co-workers, friends, and even family members requesting that I purell my hands before holding their kid. And yes, I think its wierd.  I was born in the 80s, and moms weren’t running around with bottles for handsanitizers in their purse, demanding that people drench their hands with it before touching their kids. I turned out fine.

Post # 8
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think it’s so odd when people do this! Germs help kids develop an immune system, plus germs are everywhere, they’re not just getting exposed to germs on people’s hands. I think it’s going a little overboard.

Post # 9
10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t think it’s silly.  A baby with a cold is likely going to be sicker than an older person with a cold.  It’s more difficult for them to clear the mucus out.  There are also diseases that babies tend to get really sick from when most adults would barely notice it.

There are times I wish certain people would wash their hands/use hand sanitizer more often.  I’m at a higher risk when it comes to many illnesses.  I have Darling Husband in the habit of washing his hands when he comes in the door.  I wish this was socially acceptable to request others did this too when they come over!

Post # 10
7430 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

No, but I also didn’t take my baby out where people would touch her (other than family) before she had her first round of vaccines. I will admit that I was a little paranoid she would get a fever and have to have a spinal tap if she got sick when she was really little.

Post # 11
38 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wouldn’t ask it of people in most settings, but of health care workers while they’re on the job? Of course. It’s normal to expect proper hand hygiene in a hospital/clinic, whether or not you’re visiting as a patient.

Post # 12
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Before my Dear Daughter got her first set of shots at 2 months, I would ask people to wash their hands first. I’m all about exposing her to germs, but let’s make sure it’s a fair fight, eh.

Post # 13
7844 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would hope that your co workers would already have proper hand washing regimens due to where you work. I was never one to ask people to Purell etc. – if I let you hold my baby I must know you pretty well and know you are reasonably clean!

Post # 14
26 posts

If this woman’s baby was under three months of age it is definitely a reasonable request. As a doctor, I can tell you that the work up for a young infant (under 12 weeks) with a fever is pretty hard core. Since those babies are so vulnerable when they get sick, the work up often includes lumbar puncture as well as blood and urine samples. So it make sense for parents to be more cautious about their kid’s exposure at that point in life, especially in a medical office. I agree with other posters that later in life germ exposure is beneficial to the immune system. But don’t be too quick to judge, especially for the really little ones or any kiddo with underlying illness.

Post # 15
5789 posts
Bee Keeper

In a health care setting I absolutely would.

Washing your hands before holding a new baby is not a new thing either. My Mom did it with us and I did it with my kids too (they are both over 30). It’s a pretty much common sense thing to do when they’re little and susceptible.

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