Sweet and squishy baby cheeks are hard to resist kissing, but doing so can cause serious health consequences. In order to prevent serious health issues, anyone and everyone, including parents, should avoid kissing babies.
Is it OK to kiss babies on the lips?
You may see it as a sign of affection but research suggests you should not kiss a baby on the lips. Kissing seems so harmless but research suggests that you could spread oral bacteria called mutans streptococci through saliva if you have active tooth decay. And this could increase your child’s risk for cavities.
At what age can you kiss a baby on the lips?
Here’s what you need to know to protect your baby. Babies are made for snuggles and kisses. But if you or a family member or caregiver has an active cold sore—or even a history of cold sores—you’d be wise to use caution when it comes to kissing and caring for a baby under the age of 12 months.
Can I kiss my own newborn baby?
Don’t let people kiss your newborn infant. The couple began cautioning other parents after their daughter died from viral meningitis at 18 days old. Mariana Sifrit contracted viral meningitis caused by the herpes virus HSV-1 when she was less than a week old. It is believed she contracted the virus from a kiss.
How long should you not kiss a newborn?
A baby is most at risk of getting a herpes infection in the first 4 weeks after birth. You should not kiss a baby if you have a cold sore to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Cold sores and other blisters caused by the herpes virus are at their most contagious when they burst.
How do you tell your family not to kiss your baby?
Be Respectful, Not Demanding
If someone tries to kiss your baby, don’t snap, “What’s wrong with you?!” no matter how much you want to. Instead, say something like, “Please don’t get that close to him. I don’t want him to get sick and would rather be safe than sorry.” You can absolutely be stern without being unkind.
Can I kiss my baby too much?
Mothers and fathers can often confuse being attentive to a newborn or toddler’s needs with smothering or spoiling the child. There is a widespread sentiment that too much warmth and affection will lead to a child who is too needy or ‘clingy’. But according to experts, this notion is false.
Do babies know their dad?
When do babies recognize their father or mother? Babies can recognize their parents pretty early actually – as young as 4 days old. By making eye contact with your baby during feeding times, cuddle sessions and throughout the day, you’re helping your child memorize your face and learn to trust you.
Can I kiss my baby on the forehead?
No. It’s true that certain respiratory infections and bacteria may play a role in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death. But there’s no evidence to suggest that you should stop kissing your baby or stop friends and family from kissing her.
Why you shouldn’t kiss babies on the face?
Infants are particularly vulnerable to the HSV-1, better known as the Herpes Simplex Virus. The virus causes sores around the mouth and lips in adults. At times they don’t even show particular symptoms in adults but can turn fatal for babies.
When can I take my newborn out in public?
There are no set rules about how long to wait before taking a newborn out into the world or when to let people near the baby. Some doctors recommend that parents wait until their baby is a few months old before going to crowded public places (like malls, movie theaters, and airplanes).