Having a new baby is such an exciting time. It’s a new little life in your hands, and you’re responsible for raising this incredibly small little person. When it comes to making sure your baby is protected from infection though and stays as healthy as possible. There are a couple of steps you can take to make sure they do not suffer from an infection.
Ask for a B Strep Test
If you’re pregnant or your significant other is pregnant. You or they could be in the group B strep. About a quarter of women carry the bacteria for a B strep infection. B strep bacteria is not usually harmful to people, but it can make the people near you sick. Babies can get very sick as well and even die if the mother passes on the B strep bacteria for them.
Be sure to ask your healthcare provider to give you a B strep test if you are 35-37 weeks pregnant, or have already have a newborn. If you do test positive for the B strep test, be sure to look into getting an antibiotic from your doctor. It can usually be given during labor and prevents the bacteria from spreading to your newborn.
Any woman that is pregnant can be infected with CMV and pass the virus on to their baby. The majority of babies born with a CMV infection are usually fine. Most of the time they do not show any symptoms either. Some babies can develop health problems from the infection that can become permanent such as metal disabilities, hearing loss, or even vision loss. These problems can also develop later in the baby’s life as well.
CMV is usually passed from infected people through the use of body fluids such as semen, saliva, vaginal secretions, urine, and even blood. If you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy. The steps you can take to avoid being exposed to CMV is just basic hygiene. For example, when kissing a young child avoid doing it with the contact of saliva. Such as kissing the child on the cheek or the forehead. Don’t put things in your mouth that may have been on a child’s mouth. Along with washing your hands properly if you’ve touched a touched a child’s urine or saliva.
Basic Hygiene and Common Sense Go a Long Way
One of the best ways to prevent your baby from contracting an infection though is just using basic hygiene and common sense. For example, washing your hands before and after handling your baby. This way you can prevent the spread of diseases. The same with when you’re handling your newborns diapers. Be sure to wash your hands afterwards or use a form of hand sanitizer.
Also, don’t stick anything in your mouth that has been in your child’s mouth or has fallen on the floor. There’s the misconception that by doing this you’re “cleaning” the item. All that is happening is that you’re spreading the germs to your child. Instead, wash the item or at least rinse it with some clean water before giving it back to your child.