Baby touching without hand washing... A big NO NO!

Ufuoma - posted on 08/10/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am just realising how unthinking, inconsiderate and clueless most people are when it comes to babies.  So many think that it's not only okay to reach out and touch a new born, but that it is wanted and good manners!  Well, if you ASK first, and WASH your hands second!!!

I'm so seriously fed up with random people reaching out and grabbing my baby's hands, even before I have noticed they were near!  Do they think they are doing me or my baby a favour?  Even if your hands are spotless, because you just washed or sanitized, I don't know that.  At least for decency, to ease my fears, make a point of cleaning them in my presence, before going ahead and touching my infant!

And I don't care how clean your hands are, please don't go holding hands with my baby.  I don't know about yours or others, but his hands are his second favourite food after my breastmilk!  So, within seconds, whatever you touched your hand with while holding him, will end up in his mouth.  Please, I don't mean to be rude but, THINK!

It's so frustrating because this is so common place, and it's hard to tell people to attend to due diligence and wash their hands first.  They feel that it's a criticism against them, or an accusation that they are unclean.  This even happens at the hospital!  They take for granted that they're clean by virtue of the fact that they work in a hospital.  But isn't that more reason to be careful?

I'm sorry to rant, but I need an outlet.  I'm very ready to smack the hand of the next person who behaves so thoughtlessly!  Especially now that there's an Ebola crisis in the country.

If I did this to you when you had your baby, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE forgive me!  Now I know better.

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Guest - posted on 08/10/2014

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You might need to relax a little bit. You are going to drive yourself insane with worry!
What are you going to do when baby starts crawling and putting his or her hands all over the floors that people walk on.....with the same feet in the same shoes they could have used to walk through a public bathroom an hour ago???

Some exposure to external matter is, in fact, good for babies. Increasing scientific and medical research is indicating that our dependence on antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizer is contributing to a growing population of harmful bacteria and viruses that are evolving to become resistant not only to our antibacterial cleansers, but to our antibiotic medications as well.

Instead of expecting everyone around you to take responsibility for the wellness of your child, you need to take that responsibility yourself and washing your babies hands and face after others have touched him or her. This is more considerate of others, plus it puts you in a position of more control and less dependence upon the actions of others. Lastly, most common germs are spread through airborne particles, only a handful of the bunch require actual touch, so washing/sanitizing hands is not going to decrease the odds of baby getting sick by very much. You'd need to make them wear a mask.

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Ufuoma - posted on 08/10/2014

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Thanks Laura! I know that I'm not alone on this. One of my pet peeves is bad hygeine practices, and too many people don't exercise good hygeine. It's bad enough when it's people you know. But an absolute stranger, please no!

I appreciate your solidarity!

Laura - posted on 08/10/2014

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I totally agree with this, I've told my OH when we have a baby I will be asking people to either wash their hands or use antibacterial gel (that i always carry around with me) it's more because I know full well some family members don't wash their hands after using the toilet or cooking with raw meat. My oh thinks I'll offend people but until my child is about 6 months I'll be doing this. I work with children so know they get all sorts in their mouths but for me it's just the knowing people have been to the toilet then not washed their hands beforepicking up my child that I can't stand.

Ufuoma - posted on 08/10/2014

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Thanks! I appreciate your thoughtful response. I agree with you that my baby needs the exposure. My point was that the exposure is too much, and as much as I should attend to my due diligence, I do hope people would exercise more consideration. It was really my way of venting, but I take lessons from your response. Cheers!

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