Although information on newborns getting Covid-19 is still scarce, there are some precautions you can take to mitigate the risk.
The birth of a baby is an important event in people’s lives and often brings families together to celebrate. However, as a result of the pandemic we must reinforce biosafety measures and precautions to avoid health problems for the newborn.
According to current evidence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk of a newborn catching Covid-19 from its mother is low, especially if she follows the recommended precautions such as wearing a mask and washing her hands.
Here are other suggestions for taking care of infants during the pandemic:
Do not put any type of mask on your baby. Children under two years of age should not wear them.
Limit the number of visitors who see your new baby. Consider other options such as virtual celebrations.
Keep at least 1.5 meters of distance between your baby and people who do not live in your home or who are sick.
Assess the risks of you or your baby becoming infected with Covid-19 before deciding to go out for things other than visits to the doctor or pediatrician.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before touching your newborn or before breastfeeding. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
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