No, stranger, please don’t touch my baby!

As a mom of an infant, I cringe when strangers take it upon themselves to touch my baby in the supermarket without thinking twice about the germs they could be carrying on their hands. Did you know that almost every baby will contract RSV by age 2, but only 1/3 of moms say they’ve heard of the virus? So what is RSV? RSV is the infection of the small airways of the lung.

Parents of premature babies are hyper-aware of potential opportunities for infection. Often, they are looked upon like they are overreacting or being too paranoid. This is simply not true! Preemies are so much more likely to contract RSV. If you’re a parent or parent-to-be struggling with how to politely ask family and friends to respect your wishes for the heightened awareness for infection, this sample letter could be a big help! I can’t tell you how many times I wished I could just put a giant bubble around my infant when going out in public. I don’t know why strangers feel like it’s acceptable to touch a complete strangers child, but evidently, they do!

Do you have a loved one who is expecting a baby? This fact sheet can help you know what you can do to help prevent the spread of RSV.

Have you ever had a germy encounter with a stranger? Tell me about it with a comment!

To learn more about how you can prevent RSV, visit RSVProtection.com. Raising awareness for this infection is necessary, and it will help parents of preemies protect their little ones!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and received promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Comments

  1. This is very true! I’ve had multiple preemie nieces and nephews, and RSV is serious and very scary! I hated it when strangers would touch my babies, and my kids were not preemies. It’s even more serious when they are preemies! Please people THINK before you touch!

  2. Oh yes… The dreaded ladies at the supermarket that think thy can touch your babies face. I hated it! My guy was 3 weeks early and I was so worried about him getting sick and it seemed like people wanted to touch him even more b/c “awww, he’s so tiny” yes he is so please don’t touch him… I even had a lady ask me if she could hold him one night when we were at a restaurant… He was about a month old and a complete stranger just came over and asked if she coul hold him! I just smiled and said, “sorry but I would rather not” and turned bak to my meal. I don’t want to seem rude but why would someone think I would let a stranger hold my newborn!

  3. Another blogger had her 3 yr old die from rsv. Never heard of it til then. This was very recent.

  4. Glad I am not the only person that has ran into this! People drive me crazy when they think they can touch your child(ren). I don’t want to be rude, and try not to, but some some people don’t get it when you have to stop them.

  5. chelesa sims says:

    I know how you feel i had 2 preemies and i didnt let them come out of the house until they were 4 months and even then i carried all kinds of disinfection wipes and didnt want to rude but sometimes you have got to be. I insisted when relatives came to see them that they wash there hands and if they had even a cold or any other illness to stay away.the hospital stressed rsv to my husband and i after they were born.

  6. I am currently pregnant with my first baby, so have not yet had to address this issue. However, it was really been on my mind lately, not only as my daughter’s birth approaches in general, but because I am currently 34 weeks, and have already gone into early labor once, last week. My chances of having a preterm baby are pretty intense, and have me really concerned about issues of premie infections and risks that I’ve never thought about before. I appreciate that you posted this; the information is very helpful and timely.

  7. This is a horrible bug for little ones. People just want to touch babies because they are so precious. You could put a sign up somehow don’t touch no germs needed or something like that. So many bugs are out there and little kids get everything. They the parents get it. Thanks for the great review.

  8. Gail Gray says:

    I had a policy when I had little ones: If you want to hold my baby, I will ask you to wash your hands. My daughter has the same policy, now, with my granddaughter. (Yes, some people think we’re odd.) Then occasionally a neighbor or stranger will move so quickly, they’ll have touched the face or grabbed the little hand before we have a chance to prevent it. I honestly don’t know what to do: body-block anyone getting near? Say, “Please look, but don’t touch.” or something of that sort? It is NOT perfectly fine to touch a baby’s face, offer a (germy) finger for grabbing, or — Gasp! — stick a germy finger in the baby’s mouth and say “Isn’t that cute?” We actually had a neighbor apologize for NOT touching the baby with her gardening-dirty hands. (We both silently prayed, “Thank you!”) Quite honestly, I think the best policy is to not take the baby out for the first two months, if possible. Beyond that, I think it’s better to not worry less about hurting feelings or appearing paranoid and worry more about our babies’ health!

  9. My 6 month old just got over Bronchiolitis. Luckily we only had to have breathing treatments at home and no hospitalization was required.
    I never touch anyone’s baby. You can look at them just fine without putting your germs on them.
    I have found that babywearing really prevents people from touching your baby as well. It is too invasive of your personal bubble to reach towards your chest area to touch your child.

  10. Robin Quick says:

    My son had RSV at age 6 weeks old! He was hospitalized for a week! This was in 1997 & I had never heard of RSV! I didnt realize how sick he was until they told me he could die from this! I was scared to death!!! Luckily he pulled through it! He had a nebulizer he used on & off until he was 4 years old. He finally grew out of his bouts with asthma & croup. Hes 14 now & hasnt had a problem with his lungs since he was 7! Thank God!
    People should never touch a strangers baby unless they are invited to do so! I didnt like ppl to touch my baby & I show the same respect!

    • Robin Quick says:

      I’m sorry it was Feb 14th of 1998 that he was hospitalized. Got the yr wrong because he was born 3 weeks early on Dec 29th 1997 .

  11. Danyelle Franciosa says:

    So terrible and scary for babies. I know how it feels when your little ones is in a condition like this. Don’t worry I will hope and pray for your little one that he will finally get over this kind of condition.