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tips for keeping baby healthy and safe during covid-19

By Barrow Group Staff / March 04, 2021

Baby on Zoom Meeting

Do not put a mask or face shield on your baby

Babies move frequently. Their movement may cause the plastic face shield or mask to block their nose and mouth, or cause the strap to strangle them.

• Children younger than two should not wear masks or face shields.
• Putting a face shield or mask on your baby could increase the risk of sudden
infant death syndrome (SIDS) or could strangle or suffocate your baby.

Limit visitors to see your new baby

The birth of a new baby typically brings families together to celebrate. Before allowing visitors into your home:

• Consider the risk of COVID-19 to yourself, your baby, people who live with you,
and visitors, like grandparents or other people at increased risk of severe illness
from COVID-19.

» Bringing people who do not live with you into your home can increase
the risk of spreading COVID-19.
» Some people without symptoms can spread the virus.

• Limit in-person gatherings and consider other options, like celebrating virtually,
for people who want to see your new baby.

Keep 6 feet between your baby and people who do not live in your household
and between your baby and those who are sick

• Consider the risks of COVID-19 to you and your baby before you decide whether
to go out for activities other than healthcare visits or child care.
• Ask your child care program about the plans they have in place to protect your
baby, family, and their staff.

Know possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection in babies

Babies under 1 year old might be more likely to have severe illness from COVID-19 than older children, but most babies who test positive for COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms.

• Reported symptoms in newborns with COVID-19 include fever, being overly
tired or inactive, runny nose, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, poor feeding, and
trouble breathing or shallow breathing.
• If your baby develops symptoms or you think your baby may have been
exposed to COVID-19:

» Get in touch with your baby’s healthcare provider within 24 hours and
follow steps for caring for children with COVID-19.
» If your baby has emergency warning signs (such as trouble breathing),
get emergency care immediately. Call 911.

Topics: covid-19-symptoms,, Centers-for-disease-control, covid-19-And-Newborns, Protect-Babies, Social-Distancing, No-Masks

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