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Health Information For Parents
When is it OK to take a newborn to public places? What about letting other people near my baby? I’m worried about infections. – Nancy
Some doctors prefer for parents to wait until their baby is a few months old before going to crowded public places (like malls, movie theaters, and airplanes). But 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.
In fact, if the weather is nice, you should feel free to take your baby outside whenever you feel up to it — you both would both probably enjoy a stroll outside and some fresh air!
When you’re out and about, though, do avoid exposing your newborn to anyone who is clearly sick. A newborn’s immune system is still developing and may not be able to fight off infections. And ask anyone who holds, touches, or feeds your newborn to wash their hands first.
It’s also important to make sure your baby’s vaccines are up to date.
Your doctor may advise you to take extra precautions if your child was premature or has a condition that affects the immune system, like HIV.
If you have any questions, talk with your doctor.
Advice and information for expectant and new parents.
Whether your baby comes home from the hospital right away, arrives later, or comes through an adoption agency, homecoming is a major event.
Your baby’s here! Find out what to expect on that special day first day of life.
Play is the primary way that infants learn how to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings. And during the first month of life, your baby will learn by interacting with you.
Your newborn is taking in first sights, sounds, and smells while learning to explore the world through the senses. What are your baby’s responses to light, noise, and touch?
If you’re a first-time parent, put your fears aside and get the basics in this guide about burping, bathing, bonding, and other baby-care concerns.
Washing your hands well and often is the best way to keep from getting sick. Here’s how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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