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Pascagoula, MS
A 35-year-old female asked:

Mil is on chemo iv & po. will allowing her to hold newborn pose risk? not sure she washes hands after handling tabs & touching things she touches daily like purse, keys. also has sores on body and hands. worried about hazardous sweat, sore drainage?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Wouldn't think so: This is a question best answered by her treatment team. The actual chemo she takes would not pose a risk to the baby. Whether or not any other material involved is a risk is determined by her docs. I find it more damaging to both if she is not permitted to bond with her child & start the important role of mothering.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Hand washing: It is important to wash hands prior to handling a newborn. They have developing immune systems. The open sores are a source of infection and gloves may help to protect the baby. Use COVID 19 precautions, and flu vaccine for mom.

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