Should I stay away from my baby if I have a cold?
Staying away from newborns when you’re sick is the safest option. Try to avoid visiting babies while you have a fever, cough and cold symptoms or diarrhea. It may not be possible to distance yourself if you’re a baby’s sole childcare provider. Use extra caution if you must care for a baby when you’re sick.
Can I take care of my baby if I have a cold?
Be sure to get as much rest as possible and drink plenty of fluids; taking care of yourself will shorten the duration of your illness, limiting the amount of time that your baby is exposed. In addition, be sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently, especially before handling your baby.
How can I prevent passing my cold to my baby?
However, there are many measures parents can take to reduce the chance their baby will catch a cold.
- Breastfeeding. …
- Hand washing. …
- Keep contaminated objects out of baby’s mouth. …
- Avoid crowds and sick people. …
- Cover your mouth when you cough.
Can babies catch cold from mom?
Parents and caregivers who regularly pick up a child, change a diaper and feed the baby, can also pick up the cold virus and pass the germs to the baby. Some cold viruses can be spread through the air when a sick baby coughs or sneezes.
Will my baby get sick if I have a cold?
The truth about viruses is that they are usually pretty contagious even before you have symptoms. That’s why viral illnesses are always going around. And even if you know you’re sick, you still have to care for your baby, so there’s definitely a chance you’ll pass it along.
Can I care for my baby if I have Covid?
Others in your household, and caregivers who have COVID-19, should isolate and avoid caring for the newborn as much as possible. If they have to care for the newborn, they should follow hand washing and mask recommendations above.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Protect Babies and Toddlers
- getting a vaccine when possible.
- social distancing (also called physical distancing)
- washing hands well and often.
- in some cases, mask-wearing (over age 2)