Thursday, July 28, 2011

Friends & Family Holding Your Preemie: Is It OK?

I am sure this can be a very sensitive topic when it comes to the health of your preemie but the fact of the matter is you have to do what you feel is right for your little one. I think as long as you instruct your family members and friends to thoroughly wash their hands before they hold your preemie, there shouldn't be a problem. If anyone in your family or any of your friends have even the slightest cold, kindly ask them if they can hold off until they are free and clear since preemies can catch any cold or virus very quickly, and it is much harder for them to fight germs off. This could cause health problems and further complications.



If you do decide to let friends and family members hold your early addition after washing their hands, don't let them hold him or her for too long. The bond with the mother is very important at this stage in preemie development. Being around too many adults for a long period of time can hinder that bond since preemie's are very different than that of your full term newborn. I am sure your friends and family will understand, especially because of the state of your baby.

Most definitely do not let any stranger even come remotely close since so many adults carry so many germs. Even a slight little touch can cause your preemie to get sick very quickly. It is best if you don't go out too much with your preemie to avoid this problem. Plus, keeping track of his body temperature is very important, so leaving the home too much is probably not a good idea.

I personally did not experience a preemie birth but I am close to someone who did and got to see exactly what she went through to keep her little one safe from all sorts of germs. It's definitely a very delicate situation not only for the preemie but also for the mother and father of the preemie. If you are currently a parent to a preemie, don't let friends and family tell you what to do or what is best for your little one. Only you and your baby's pediatrician can tell you that.

Are you are parent to a preemie? What were your rules regarding letting family and friends hold him or her? Please share your experiences with us.

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