Please don’t mask your babies!
Reasons not too are:
- Baby’s have a smaller airway, making breathing through a mask more difficult.
- Using a mask on an infant may increase the risk of suffocation. A snug fit gives them less access to air.
- If they are having troubles breathing, infants cannot take the masks off themselves.
- There are no N95 masks approved for children.
Tips to protect your newborn baby are:
- Avoiding crowds, keeping babies away from crowded areas when possible.
- Stay away from sick people. At least 6 feet distance from anyone who is sick with a cough of a fever.
- Avoid others holding your baby, it is OK to say No ?
- Washing your hands frequently when touching your baby
- Avoid others coming to your home to visit you and your newborn baby
- Avoid leaving your home to increase risk of catching illness for you and your newborns health
Delivering your baby with confirmed COVID-19, will it harm them?
- We do not know at this time what if any risk is posed to infants of a pregnant woman who has COVID-19.
- There have been a small number of reported problems with pregnancy or delivery (e.g. preterm birth) in babies born to mothers who tested positive for COVID-19 during their pregnancy. However, it is not clear that these outcomes were related to maternal infection.
For more information about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Infants visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html#anchor_1584169584
Tips to help guide you with symptoms for your infant: