Babies are precious and adorable and we want to shower them with all the love and affection we can. But be very careful about kissing a newborn baby, for the consequences could be deadly.
One dad recently posted a heartfelt warning to all parents, requesting them not to let anyone hug or kiss their newborn baby.
‘Can you replace my child if something happens due to your physical contact with them?’” he asks.
Dad’s warning about kissing a newborn baby after son dies
In a Facebook post, the father (who is from Malaysia) is seen holding his son, who apparently had passed away during the second day of Hari Raya last year.
It seems that, many visitors had hugged and kissed the newborn baby, due to which the child had fallen severely ill.
“Why did my son die? Because of germs. There were lots of people who hugged and kissed my son.”
The father had apparently not wanted his child to be held by that many people, but was pressured to do so by friends and relatives.
Today, he advises other parents to do what is best and healthiest for their baby, and to ignore every other criticism that comes their way.
“Just let them criticise you for not showing your baby around, don’t be stupid like me because the most important thing is that your child is healthy.”
“So, if people want to hug or kiss my child nowadays, I would just ask them, ‘Can you replace my child if something happens due to your physical contact with them?’” he asks.
As we approach yet another Hari Raya, this dad still can’t get over the loss of his baby, and requests other parents to be very careful when letting people handle their kids.
Avoid kissing a newborn baby: Tips for parents
A newborn is extremely vulnerable to contracting diseases fast, as his immune system is still weak and developing. A simple cold virus transferred to a newborn could have devastating results on his health.
Here are some tips for parents when it comes to kissing a newborn baby:
- No one (including yourselves, probably) should kiss a newborn baby, especially on the mouth or hands.
- If you get visitors coming in to visit you and your baby, remind them to wash their hands often and ask you before carrying your baby.
The ideal situation would be that they don’t hold your newborn at all. It’s not being rude – you’re just protecting your baby.
- Request your guests not to kiss your newborn. Being direct is the best way: “Baby hasn’t had his vaccinations yet, so we are avoiding kissing him until then, because he could get really sick if he catches a bug.”
- Try to avoid having older children visit your newborn. Those of preschool and school-going age especially, are exposed to a wide range of bugs at school, which may transfer easily to your baby.