Did you know you should not wear strong perfume or take flowers when you visit a newborn? Here is what you should keep in mind, when you are visiting a newborn.
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.
There are certain 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 must visit the 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.
Except for elder siblings, it is best not to take children to visit a newborn. Even siblings should be allowed to visit 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, disturbing 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.
Apart from hygiene rules, there are some etiquette rules you need to follow while visiting a newborn.
The author, Dr Vikas Satwik, is a paediatrician and neonatologist.
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