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A 29-year-old male asked:

How early can you take an infant out into the world on the regular?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Preventive care: I recommend that babies born at term and w/o complications be rather sheltered for the first 2 months after birth, especially in the winter season, where a common cold or flu could potentially cause significant respiratory distress in a young baby that would require hospitalization. If your baby is a former preemie, she needs special care at home and should be sheltered even longer than 2 months.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Right Away: Minimize exposure to other people, because this is the primary source of infectious spread. Fresh air does not harbor too many infectious agents.Obviously there are weather extremes in temperature and moisture.But a bit of daily outside time is ok from day 1.

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