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

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 31
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did for the first few weeks with both my DDs. I think until their first shots at 3 months.

My older DD was born at the height of the swine flu so of course I did. Nobody thought it was a strange request and I’ve heard from a few health care workers that it’s good practice.

Post # 32
4077 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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ilovebacon:  I totally agree that asking people to have a darn needle for the  for the sake of visiting a baby is insanity indeed.

I fortunately got out of it without too much argument, as I am egg intolerant, and I believe the vaccine had egg protein in it. 😛 But let me tell you, even if I did not have the egg problem there is no way I was going to comply. 😛

Post # 33
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

I did it with my first and will definitely do it with this new one when it comes. I work in healthcare so I Purell quite frequently. I even do it when I’m not at the hospital! I’m surprised that you (being that you work in a health care setting) found this an odd request.

Post # 34
1203 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My aunt was a clean freak when my cousins were babies.  Everything and everyone had to be spotless and germless to go near them.  My mom not so much, she used to clean our pacifiers by sucking on them for a few seconds, not that I’m recomending that lol, but you get the point we had germs all around us.  Now my cousins are sick all the time becuase they have no immune system, I’m talking like 4-6 times a year at least.  Me and my sister, we get sick maybe once a year.  It probably comes down to them never building up an immune system and us being able to do so.  We were never grossly dirty as kids but our surroundings  weren’t spotless and we got to roll around in the dirt from time to time.  It gave us a happier childhood becuase we werern’t constantly being wiped over with babywipes like our poor cousins and it lead us to being healthier in the long run.

Post # 35
15 posts

A friend of mine did ask us all to use hand sanitiser when visiting the baby in the hospital which really surprised me because her dogs rule her house and she isn’t the cleanest person I’ve ever met (nor did I think she would be concerned with such measures). 

The most ironic thing was her husband was all over the baby and stayed the night etc whilst having bad stomach cramps and explosive diarrhoea the whole time!! 

Post # 36
5136 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Derp:  Yes, and I don’t see anything wrong with it. When I go to hold a newborn, I wash my hands first before anything.

Post # 37
774 posts
Busy bee

As godmother to twins I got the whooping cough booster and I washed my hands when arriving at her place. But only for the first few months. She didn’t demand that I did those things, but as they were especially fragile it made sense. Whooping cough is such an important vaccine to keep up to date! I also take newborn photos and use purell regularly while at the shoot, as well as keeping my whooping cough up to date. It’s not difficult to do, so why not. 

Post # 38
352 posts
Helper bee

I don’t but at an out patient clic I probably would. That’s pretty germy. 

Post # 39
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

When my baby was a newborn I would ask people to wash their hands before holding him.  I did not take him out much for the first three months since it was flu season.  After that I was not as strict. 

Post # 40
9990 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

In your work setting, absolutely.  You can’t shelter your baby from germs forever, but you can at least encourage people to try to minimize the risk to your child by doing soemthing as simple as using purell.

Post # 41
8066 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I wanted people to wash their hands, but only early on.  Like under a 1 month old.  After that I didn’t really pay much attention.  I don’t mind kids getting sick but I can understand not wanting a baby under 3 months to get sick.  Because if they get a fever you have to take them to the ER…

I took my baby to places like Target by the time she was a few weeks old, but I didn’t see any harm.  No one there was touching her.

Post # 43
2059 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i don’t think it’s that crazy. i always wash my hands before i touch a newborn. it’s just common sense to me. unfortunately common sense is not that common and some people think nothing of touching a newborn with their germy hands and they always go for the baby’s hands, which of course go straight into the baby’s mouth. gross.

i was pregnant earlier this year and would have been due on nov. 25th. when i realized i was going to have a newborn in the midst of cold and flu season i was prepared to be a shut-in for 1-3 months and limiting visitors and outings. my husband’s niece was in the hospital with the flu when she was only like 6 weeks old and after that, my brother in law was like, “be as over-protective as you want. if people think you’re being ridiculous, let them think you’re ridiculous. it’s better than having your baby in the hospital.”

Post # 44
2056 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I don’t have kids yet and in general I think Purell is way over-used, but I don’t think I would find this mom’s request crazy given the location.

Post # 45
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I guess my question is why wouldn’t you ask someone to sanitize?  I think most of us have had a run in with the stomach flu/norovirus or other fun highly contagious illnesses such as Hand Foot Mouth.  Why wouldn’t you take 10 seconds to make sure you don’t spread that kind of illness to a little fragile person?  Sometimes we come in contact with illnesses and we may not even realize we are a carrying it and passing it to others. 

I’m all for letting my kid play in the dirt and share her popsicle with the dog.  However, there is a difference between that and something that can put your little one in the hospital.

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