COVID safety for babies To mask, or not to mask?
COVID safety for babies
To mask, or not to mask?
If you’re going out in public, you know by now to grab a mask for yourself. For infants, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says to avoid masking and focus on keeping a six-foot distance from others instead.
“It would be best to keep the baby out of public as much as possible, but if a trip somewhere is necessary, the parents should keep him or her in a stroller, covered with a light muslin blanket. Just be careful not to do this in the car or any place without air conditioning, as it can get warm for baby.”
“If it were my newborn baby, I would be nesting for a minimum of one month, but probably closer to three months, and there would be no visitors except for immediate family members who have quarantined appropriately,” said Dr. Maione. “Visitors would need to wear an effective mask, wash their hands, and definitely not kiss the baby. I personally would not feel comfortable until a person tested negative for COVID twice. This is extreme, I know, but if parents are looking for the safest recommendations out there, these are the ones.”
Introducing your infant
If you plan to allow people to visit your new baby, Dr. Maione suggests moms and dads make sure those guests:
Have not experienced COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.
Have not brought along smaller children, who tend not to cover coughs or sneezes.
Have brought an appropriate mask.
Have washed their hands thoroughly before touching the baby.