There is no greater joy than celebrating the arrival of a new baby. As a parent, you are probably weary enough about protecting your precious one from potential germ hazards that are lurking around every corner. But one source of germs that's a lot harder to control is the swarms of people that always seem to surround little babies.
While it's understandable that the near and dear would want to endear themselves to the newborn baby, your first responsibility is ensuring safety. Your word should be final and visitors need to respect your concerns.
There are two cardinal rules that Dettol strongly recommends when receiving guests:
1. Say NO to visitors who are sick: If a visitor appears to be sick or unwell, have them postpone their visit until they are better, and no longer pose a threat to either your little one or yourself.
2. Say NO to kissing, touching and hugging: As much as they desire to shower love on the newborn, parents and friends need to exercise restraint. Babies have a very basic immune system which is highly susceptible to germs and viruses.
You can reference your paediatrician’s advice when requesting them to not kiss your baby, and explain that they are highly likely to catch diseases.
As another preventive measure, have your visitors wash their hands with trusted antibacterial products before coming in contact with your baby. Washing with a regular, non-antibacterial soap isn't sufficient enough and could still leave room for germs from the outside world.
Sensitive visitors must thoroughly revisit a list of things they might have touched since they last washed their hands. Have them imagine the numerous potential germs that could easily infect your child who has yet to develop a strong immune system.
As a precaution, keep a Dettol hand sanitiser or skin wipes handy at all times. If a visitor is insisting on holding or touching your little one, first have them sanitise their hands thoroughly with an antibacterial sanitiser.
Cleaning and sanitising hands is key to avoid the passing of germs over to your little one. An antibacterial sanitiser like Dettol has germ-kill properties which offer 100% better protection from illness-causing germs.
In order to properly disinfect hands, visitors should scrub them firmly with a trusted antibacterial liquid handwash or soap, like Dettol for about 2 full minutes!