What are your fears about germs and bacteria with your new baby?


Jacquie - posted on 09/23/2010




I'm probably going to be the odd man out when I say this but I'm not worried. With the baby I'll be careful to not let people who are sick touch him but other than that I am not overly concerned. If I am constantly keeping him away from germs and bacteria how will he build an immunity to them? My parents let us get into all kinds of germy stuff and I am just fine as are all my siblings. I just can't let little things like dirt bother me.

Fallon - posted on 11/30/2010




no kids who are under the age of 2 are not fully vaccinated against everything. I just feel like I don't want a 1 month old to be around a kid who is 4 and has diphtheria who can get over it, but it be fatal to my child because they have not even received the first vaccination for it. That is great for the 4 year olds mom who gets over it, but I don't want to risk being the parent to the one month old who dies from it because he/she wasn't old enough to be vaccinated from it and whose immune system was not strong enough to fight it.


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Elina - posted on 12/01/2010




I dont worry to much...of course a baby getting sick is crappy anyone getting sick is crappy but you cant prevent it to much if you dont expose your child to life then they will always be sick....of course you dont want them eating ABC gum off the ground but you dont want to go overboard where they arent exposed to anything!

Amy - posted on 11/30/2010




oh...i don't get why people are afraid of kids who aren't vaccinated. yours are, so supposedly they are immune, right?

Fallon - posted on 11/29/2010




I am worried about the same thing I worried about with my first two and that is kids who are not vaccinated. I understand if a parent chooses to not get their child shots, but I don't like my children under the age of 2 to be around kids who are not vaccinated. When my child is 2 they are pretty much vaccinated fully against all things, but before that I don't want them to catch something some 4 year old has, that they can get over, but is potentially fatal to a one month old.

Jannelle - posted on 11/25/2010




My parents raised me practically in a bubble and I have a horrible immune system. My husband was raised in a more relaxed atmosphere and he rarely gets sick. When my son was an infant I was concerned about germs and cleanliness around him while my husband was always more laid back. I've come to agree with my husband that if we don't let him build up his immune system then he could end up growing up the same way I did. Since I am expecting again I can guarantee I'll still be the same don't touch my baby if your hands aren't washed mother and not let anyone who is sick around him/her. As they grow older I'll probably loosen up a bit more again and let kids be kids.

Stifler's - posted on 11/22/2010




Can't say I was that worried. I was worried about his belly button and stuff but not about people having germs and stuff. It was the middle of summer so no one had the flu or colds anyway.

Crystal - posted on 11/20/2010




I am not worried about germs around my newborn, mind you I have 3 older children running arounf the house as well so i have learnt that I cant keep things germ free especialy with two of them in school. but I do plan to be causous about letting people who are known sick close to the baby just to be careful

Emma - posted on 11/19/2010




well my biggest fear is every germ known to mankind....this is due to neither one of my two girls were breast fed and the first one who is two now gets sick very easily and i tried to breast feed the second but it didnt word ither so i am scared about everything...but the worst part is daddy if there is a caugh or sneeze they are in the er or doctors office the next day....so maybe u should ask ur husband about germs.

Courtney - posted on 11/19/2010




I'm not worried about it. He went out when he was just a few weeks old to all sorts of places. We wanted to expose him to the world early that way we did not have to worry about it. He also got his flu shot at 6 months and his booster today. I think if you limit the things they can get into they will just turn out to be more sick as they get older.

Courtney - posted on 11/19/2010




I learned about this watching family members with their kids. The kid's who had parents that would freak out about germs and always try to keep things neat and tidey ended up with their kids always getting sick because they had no exposure and therefore no immunities. My parents raised us worry free playing in the mud, always around other kids with colds, as long as we didn't swap spit, etc, We hardly ever got sick and when we did it was usually very short and mild. So I am raising my kids that way and so far my son has not been sick once except we think he might have seasonal allergies like my family, Even then he just gets a runny nose and sneezing for about a week.

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When each of my babies were born I wouldn't let anyone with a runny nose, sniffle, cough, sneeze, etc. around any of us. If they had a child or had been around someone like that we would kindly say that now was not a good time for a visit and maybe later in the week or even the following week.
good luck and god bless

Gracie - posted on 11/10/2010




Im with Jacquie. If we hold them back then it wont build their immune system. The only place I dont like my LO is in the bathroom. Other than that she eats dirt, of course I try and stop her, and she gets a hold of the dog ball, and of course I try to stop that too. But you cant stop everything, especially when they start crawling around. I think asking people not to come over when they are sick is one thing that can be done. But there are soooo many ways that kids can interact with germs that it would be impossible to avoid everything.

Trish - posted on 11/09/2010




When my lil man was brand new...I was pyscho about germs...Wanted to disinfect everything and if I had my way put my lil 1 in a plastic bubble. Especially when other people planted their lips on him for kisses. I still wipe his face when they're not looking.
I did a massive clean and I still do but not as hard out when he was younger. I kinda let up, that everything has bacteria...and kids need bacteria to strengthen their immune systems. But one thing that still does my head is the bathroom and toilet.The dreaded poo particles. I even hit up my husband when he farts around our baby. I know I'm a bit much but my mum is the meanest clean freak...and she reprimands me on things.

Nikkole - posted on 11/08/2010




My son plays in dirt outside he even ate some one time lol but i dont freak out i think if kids are exposed to germs they wont be soo sick as if you shelter them and try to keep them away im not sayin let them kiss people who have the flu or other illnesses but let them play and have fun and explore life!

Melissa - posted on 11/07/2010




I think when people get into trouble with early exposure to germs is when they take their baby out too early. I always have had the rule---limit the visits (make sure people know I want them to be healthy if they visit...if not, wait a bit to visit) and stay home for the first 6 weeks. Also, make your household healthy. Get rid of the traditional cleaners (bleech, chemicals) in the household and make your house safe like we did.

Amanda - posted on 11/02/2010




yes I agree with Jacquie on this. Germs are another thing that comes with life. yes you should keep baby away from sick people and hygene and all that stuff but I let my son get dirty he can be cleaned up. it's how they discover the world. People thought I was crazy when I had to go sopping after I had both my kids they were only a few days old. older people were telling me you're going to get them sick! and I just ignored them. my son is 14 months and he has never been sick. (knock on wood lol) the only thing he's gotten not to feel good was his immunizations and his teeth coming in. with my daughter I plan on doing the same thing. just don't worry about it. It's more stress to worry about something that is unnecessary to worry about : )

Lisa - posted on 09/22/2010




yeah flu was the biggest fear. and having grubby kids wanting to touch baby. icky.
right now, its keeping baby out of the toilet and out of the garbage can. Two gross things I don't want him near. eating dirt? that's ok. eating a snot rag. ugh!

Aicha - posted on 09/22/2010




flu is my biggest fear it is so scarey and little babies can get really sick

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