Did you know you should not wear strong perfume or take flowers when you visit a newborn? There are rules for visiting a newborn baby in hospital to maintain hygiene. Read to know more.
By Dr Vikas Satwik
All members of the family are overjoyed when Sakshi delivers her first baby. Guests keep coming to the hospital to visit the newborn. One relative brings a big bouquet of flowers and Sakshi feels uncomfortable as she does not like the strong scent. She is also worried that the flowers might elicit an allergic reaction in the baby.
When a little bundle of joy comes into our lives, it is human nature to shower the baby with gifts and good wishes. But, most of us are not aware that taking certain things such as flowers, while visiting a newborn and the mother, is not recommended.
Apart from the visiting rules the hospital may have in place, there are certain hygiene and etiquette guidelines we need to follow when paying a visit to a newborn. Read to know more.
The best time to say hello to the bundle of joy is when the baby comes home. This gives the parents time to adjust, bond with the baby and settle into their new roles. While in hospital, it is a good time for the new parents to learn how to take care of the baby from the hospital staff.
If you wish to visit the newborn in hospital, inform the parents about the visit. Try to keep your visit short. Sitting for long hours and talking loudly is not permissible around the newborn. Also, adhere to the visiting hours.
Grandparents are often the first to visit the newborn baby in the hospital. In India, it is common for one set of grandparents staying along in the hospital to help the new mother recuperate. Thus, it is important that grandparents are aware of the proper etiquette to follow while visiting and handling the baby.
Except for older siblings, it is best not to take children to visit a newborn. Even siblings should be allowed to visit the baby in hospital only once or twice. Children can carry infection-causing germs and they can pass it on to the newborn. Since the newborn's immunity is still developing, she can be at risk of infection. Children may also make a lot of noise, disturb the newborn and the mother, or fondle the newborn and wake her up. The new parents might like to have a quiet environment around the baby during the first days after birth.
No. If you have a cold or symptoms of a cold, avoid visiting a newborn as the baby or the mother can get infected.
1. Hygiene rules to follow
2. Etiquette rules to follow
Apart from hygiene rules, there are some etiquette rules you need to follow while visiting a newborn.
3. Rules for gifting a newborn baby
4. Rules for visitors holding the newborn
About the expert:
Written by Dr Vikas Satwik on 12 August 2019.
The author, Dr Vikas Satwik, is a paediatrician and neonatologist.
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