Everyone loves babies. The little bundles of joy are disarmingly cute and showering them with affection is a natural response. But an oral display of affection can be an invitation for germs and infections to find home in your newborn baby’s body. One of the first tips for baby care most parents receive is to avoid any oral contact with their newborn baby and rightfully so.
Now, you might not want to be the fussy parents who yell “do not kiss my baby” at friends and relatives going in for a little peck on the lips. Unfortunately, your baby’s well being is more important than how well liked you’re. You don’t even have to piss off the guests who come to see your child. Just tell them what we are about to tell you and they’ll completely understand why you think kissing infant lips is unhealthy.
Let’s explain why you shouldn’t let anyone kiss your baby on their lips:
Yes, you read that right. Allowing random strangers or even people you know to kiss your baby on their lips can cause the transfer of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1) into their body, which can be life threatening for a newly born. Herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) is a highly common, contagious disease. While HSV-1 does affect the genitals, the primary targets are generally the lips, mouth and even the face.
According to various surveys, over 69% of the human population carries the Herpes virus. As adults, our immunity system is pretty well developed and can fight off most of the germs passed through kissing. The same is not true for a newborn baby. Their bodies are still developing and immunity is pretty much non-existent.
If someone carrying the Herpes virus kisses your baby on the lips and passes on the virus to them, your baby’s body will find it hard to fight the germs and virus. It’s quite understandable then why you should avoid bringing your baby in oral contact with anyone, be it even your family members or closest friends.
Symptoms You Need To Watch Out For
If somehow your baby was in oral contact with another person, here are some common Herpes symptoms you need to watch out for:
- Fever: If your baby gets a fever, don’t rule out Herpes by assuming that it’s just a case of common cold. Go to the doctor and they will conduct the required tests.
- Irritability: Another symptom of Herpes is constant irritability. If your baby is crying too much or seems distressed for reasons you can understand, it could be a sign of Herpes. Contact the doctor immediately.
- Sores and itches around the mouth: This is generally the most obvious sign of Herpes. Even adults get sores and boils around their mouth and lips when they catch Herpes. The same applies to babies as well.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. At the expense of appearing snobbish, keep your newborn baby away from the mouths of everyone, no matter how much you trust them!