How to keep people from touching baby's hands?

Dana - posted on 09/24/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Dear Moms,
My baby is nearly 6 months old. So many people, friends as well as strangers!) grab his hands or feet, or tickle his belly. I can't stand when anyone touches his hands because at this age, they are always in his mouth. Today (Wednesday) I'm bringing him to my husband's office picnic. Many co-workers will have their babies too. What can I say or do to avoid hand-hand contact between my son and the adults and other babies? I don't want to offend anyone, or make an awkward situation for my husband. But I especially don't want my baby getting sick. (I don't have him in daycare for a reason!) Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!

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Keep some wipes on hand and allow the contact. He actually needs that contact to build up his immune system. He won't necessarily get sick, but his body will gradually learn to react to different contagenes. If you don't allow anyone to ever touch him, his body will not know how to react and he will get very sick when he goes to school or to the park for the first time because he will be exposed to all of the contagenes at once--all of them working together so his little body will have to fight off several illnesses at once as opposed to a single illness.
The "common cold" is actually a set of symptoms created by a vast, vast number of different germs that are all fought off in different ways. Once the body has fought off one strain, it cannot be affected by that particular strain again. He can still get a cold, but it will be a different strain of the illness.

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Danicia - posted on 09/28/2013

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put him in a onesie that says "don't touch me til you've washed your hands!" lol
you could also ask people to mind personal space with your son. if you are really desperate you could tell them he is getting over a bug that caused all sorts of nasty symptoms and see how quick they give him space. good luck!

Dana - posted on 09/26/2013

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My pediatrician recommended waiting until 6 months until solid foods, but our baby seemed ready around 5 months. I'd say call the pediatrician and talk to a doctor or nurse about it. Since your baby has been sick and her tummy didn't react well to the food, just keep breastfeeding. It's full of antibodies not to mention perfect nutrition to help her get better and stay healthy. If she has the flu and especially if a fever definitely stay in touch with your pediatrician for their advice on how to help her, and if she should be seen. Worry about solid foods later. There is no rush at 4 months old. Good luck!!

Stephanie_plebilla1991 - posted on 09/26/2013

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Just bring a hand santizer everywhere you go. And squirt some in there hands

Stephanie_plebilla1991 - posted on 09/26/2013

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Hi there well I am looking to post another post but im new to this Im just really curious and need to know as soon as possible my baby is 4 months and im breastfeeding. Is she ready for solids I gave her baby cereal and she got a little diarrea. So im thinking of giving her carrots boilwing them. I want her to be healthy. Shes been sick with the flue and she got better with some saline drops and baby vicks and me taking her boogers she finally is sleeping so any advice when should I start. And water too I already give her a little bit water. Please respond as soon as possible

Rachel - posted on 09/26/2013

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I agree with Michelle.
There's no easy way to tell people you don't want them to touch your child unless you just come right out and say it. That will probably put people off.
I'd either keep him home or just bring some wipes.
He's going to be sick constantly when he hits school age because you're keeping all germs away from him now. His body needs to form immunity which won't happen, if he never gets sick.

Stephanie_plebilla1991 - posted on 09/25/2013

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Im the same way especially how I live in new york everyone wants to touch my baby and carry her. And I feel uncontforble so I tell them can you wash your hands or use hand santizer. And than I take my baby and clean her house. I do trust strangers touching my clean baby. But im alsoba stay home mom and I will never put my baby in a day care no woman will take care of your baby like you. Thats why I take care of my baby 24/7

Michelle - posted on 09/25/2013

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You say you "don't have him in daycare for a reason!" well what's going to happen when he starts school? He's going to pick up every sickness going around.
I personally think you are over reacting a bit. If you don't want him to have contact with other people then stay at home. People see babies and love to touch or even just talk to them.
You can make sure you keep some wipes on hand and wipe his hands whenever someone touches him.

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