With new updates about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) seeming to fill our newsfeeds regularly, it can make anyone feel uneasy — but perhaps especially new parents. You do everything you can to keep your sweet newborn safe and healthy, and with a virus spreading around us, that may feel harder to achieve. It’s important to keep calm and remember that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to the virus.”
Coronavirus and Newborns
Currently, there haven’t been many reports of the clinical outcomes for children with this strain of coronavirus, but just like a new parent would do on a day-to-day basis, it’s important to protect your little one by limiting the spread of germs. The CDC, suggests the following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands often
- When you are sick, keep your distance from others
When you bring a newborn home from the hospital, there are certain precautions that new parents take, and they are increasingly more important to follow. Some physicians suggest avoiding crowded public places, like malls and airplanes, until your baby has built up a stronger immune system. The timeframe for this varies by child, so this is something to discuss with your child’s pediatrician. The CDC suggests always keeping your child away from those you know are sick and keeping a close eye on your child for signs of illness (signs include fever, cough and difficulty breathing).
Higher Risk Groups
The CDC does not currently list newborns or children in their groups of those at higher risk of getting more sick from coronavirus illness. As of now, older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) fall in the high-risk category.
Stock up on Supplies
Even though newborns are not considered high risk, if an outbreak happens in your community and you don’t feel comfortable leaving home, especially with your baby, stock up on the necessities in advance. This could include extra medications, if needed, as well as household items and groceries, like formula, diapers, baby wipes, etc. While out in the community, be careful to avoid touching surfaces, like elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, etc. Instead, use a tissue of sleeve.
As you continue to prepare your family for COVID-19, AdventHealth is by your side, every step of the way. We’re here to help answer your questions, offer your family expert medical care and ease your minds in as many ways as possible.
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