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

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yes. My SIL did this. Hubby and I were also asked to have particular vaccinations prior to visiting the child. 

This was years ago, and I must say, as parents their cotton wooling has only gotten worse.

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

SIL did when we visited them in the hospital the day after she had her first. My other SIL didn’t. I would, but only if my baby had a compromised immune system.

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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Derp:  I’m in health care myself. You’re supposed to wash your hands before touching any patient, or in this case, a vulnerable baby. It doesn’t matter if it’s the 100th time that day. If you’ve touched anything since the last time you washed your hands, they’re not clean.

Post # 21
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Busy bee

My best friend recently had a baby. She was kind of a purell nazi for those first few days but I think a lot of new moms are. Society should be smart enough to wash their hands before handling a newborn but unfortunatley people are stupid and need to be reminded of basic stuff like not passing along germs to tiny humans. 

Post # 22
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Busy bee

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Olivepepper:  The whole vaccination request thing is bananas. My friend casually suggested that I get vaccinated before her son was born but I pretended like I didn’t hear her. I think it’s INSANE to ask people to inject chemicals into their bodies to benefit your kid. I-N-S-A-N-E. 

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

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ilovebacon:  babies too young to be vaccinated rely on herd immunity to stop them getting diseases which can kill them.  Whooping cough, which is seriously nasty as an adult, though you probably won’t die from it, will easily kill a baby.  If and when I have kids I will be asking those who are likely to be visiting before the baby’s first round of shots to be vaccinated against whooping cough.  The other diseases (measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox etc) are less of an issue because immunity against those doesn’t wane like whooping cough immunity does, and the majority of the population has either had the shots as kids or had the disease.   

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

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TwelveDays:  agreed. I def asked people who visited us at home to purell before holding the baby for maybe the first month or so. but like OP said, i wouldn’t have brought her to visit people at a hospital either.

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ilovebacon:  “Society should be smart enough to wash their hands before handling a newborn but unfortunatley people are stupid and need to be reminded of basic stuff like not passing along germs to tiny humans” this exactly, a 1000 times yes! common sense is not so common. but i also would never ask people to get a vaccine before visiting either. that is ridiculous. 

Post # 25
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Newbee

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ilovebacon:  I asked my parents and my husband’s parents to get their pertussis (whooping cough) booster if they were due for it before my baby was born. It is not an unreasonable request for people who will be caretakers of infants. Pertussis can kill babies and we are starting to see more and more outbreaks due to decreased vaccination rates.  The vast majority of infants who die of pertussis are too young to receive their own vaccinations, so these tiny babies rely on the rest of us to be responsible and protect them from a preventable disease. 

Not to mention that it’s no fun as an adult to get whooping cough, unless you enjoy coughing until you vomit or break a rib.

Post # 26
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Busy bee

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KiwiDerbyBride:  I’m aware that babies rely on herd immunity. I just think it’s completely inappropriate to ask people outside of your immediate family (i.e. those who will be around the baby the most during those early days) to be vaccinated. 

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Edilee:  It’s reasonable to request that grandparents get the booster. It’s not reasonable to ask this of anyone else, especially friends or even extended family. 

When/If we have a kid, my husband and I will obviously be vaccinated and I may ask that any grandparent who isn’t already covered get the booster but I would never ask this of anyone else. 

Post # 27
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Newbee

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ilovebacon:  I think we are on the same page. I  agree that it is inappropriate to ask or expect non close family members to vaccinate (though I obviously think everyone should be vaccinated!) I just get very nervous when people describe vaccinations as chemicals as if they are harmful. Like everything else around us, they have chemicals in them but they are safe and incredibly beneficial to public health. So I’m glad to hear that you would also want to be vaccinated.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

I work in healthcare and if I had a child, I would ask people to wash their hands before touching a newborn.  That being said, I would not be bringing a newborn out to public places in the first 3 months unless absolutely necessary, especially during flu season.

Post # 29
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Busy bee

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Edilee:  I’m an absolute supporter of childhood vaccines (I think that non-vaxers are a whole new breed of stupid). I’m also a supporter of boosters for teens/adults if the individual and/or their doctor feels as though they need them. I’m just not a supporter of someone else insisting that an adult receives a vaccination or a booster for the sole purpose of being in the presence of their kid. That’s all I’m getting at. I know we’re on the same page, I just don’t want anyone to think that I have a negative opinion of vaccinations just because I referred to them as chemicals (which they are).

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I have hand sanitizer on ny purse, car seat, two spots in my living room, kitchen, and nursery. If anyone wants to hold my daughter or touch her they need to wash their hands. I’ve relaxed slightly since she turned 3 months old but by now I’ve trained most people to automatically to clean up. After reading this thread I’ll have to ask her grandparents to get the whooping cough booster. 

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