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Can I take my newborn into public?

Can I take my newborn into public?

No: Newborns are more prone to infection so you wouldn't think of having someone with a "cold" or fever be around the baby in your house where you can control who visits. Therefore, for at least the first few weeks during seasons other than winter (when there's fewer infections around) and for longer during the winter season, no malls, supermarkets, airports & the like. Walks and drives are fine. ...Read more

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Can I take my newborn out in public?

Can I take my newborn out in public?

It depends: Well, yes and no. In the first few months, it's best to avoid large groups of people so as to minimize your baby's exposure to infection. Your newborn's immune system is still immature and he is more susceptible to infection than an older child is. Even a cold in a toddler can cause serious breathing problems in an infant. It's still okay though (and good!) to take your baby for walks outside. ...Read more

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When can I take my newborn out in public? The pediatrician said to wait 2-3 months to be the very safest.

When can I take my newborn out in public?  The pediatrician said to wait 2-3 months to be the very safest.

I agree: It is safest to wait at least 2-3 months, as your baby would have had some immunizations, but always avoid extremely crowded places or strangers kissing or talkin too close to the baby, specially during flu season. ...Read more

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When can I take my newborn outside or in public? Would it be safe to take her to hair salon?

When can I take my newborn outside or in public? Would it be safe to take her to hair salon?

Caution for 2mo: Babies are gifted with much of mom's immunity @ birth which provides some protection.They are also exposed to germs @ birth that may wait to cause problems for weeks, some of which cause serious illness. If baby develops a fever in the first 6-8 wks, they are often hospitalized for tests & rx.Keeping them away from sick people can help u avoid a hospital stay.Going out is fine in healthy settings. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take my newborn into public?

Is it safe to take my newborn into public?

Yes: Babies get a boost of immunity from mom thru the umbilical cord, & breast milk adds more. They are relatively resistant to illness, yet avoid exposure to simple illness. Dangerous germs like b strep may transfer to baby at birth & cause infection days or wks later. So any <2mo with fever is usually hospitalized. Limiting public trips may avoid a simple fever that might force a hospital stay. ...Read more

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How long do I wait until i take my newborn baby out?

At least a few days: How long you wait before taking a newborn out is mostly culturally. There really are no rules. However, common sense is always in order. Be wary of places with lots of sick people and children. Have family & friends wash their hands. Most of all, enjoy that new bundle of joy! ...Read more

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What doctor would i take my newborn to for constipation?

What doctor would i take my newborn to for constipation?

Depends: Straining or irregular stooling doen not mean constipation.The nb breast fed kid may go 7-10 days without a stool or poo a little at each meal.As long as it is soft, i don't consider that constipation. If the kid is putting out dry rabbit pellets or stool bigger than your finger you should start with the pediatrician. ...Read more

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Are newborns hard to take care of?

Are newborns hard to take care of?

Its tiring!: Newborns are not hard to take off - they only need a couple things. They need to eat often, sleep often and be cuddled lots. However, those things are very tiring to new parents, which can make it feel like the hardest job you have ever taken on. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed with your new one talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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How much time should I wait to take my newborn outside ?

Weather: Taking a walk, outside, with your newborn is fine; just dress them appropriately for the weather. However, taking a newborn around other people, outside, like the store, or church, could expose them to illness. Infants under 2 months, that get fever, are usually admitted to the hospital. ...Read more

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What's the earliest you can take your newborn out in public?

I don't recommend...: ...Taking them out in public until older than 6 weeks. A fever in a child younger than that age is an automatic hospital admission, with a lot of (painful) testing and IV antibiotics until a life threatening illness has either been found or ruled out. Not worth the risk. Stay in situations where you are in control of who is in contact with your baby, like your own or your family's homes. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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