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Is a sign telling strangers not to touch your baby excessive or good practice?
The Doctors welcome Nicholas Gonzalez, the star of “The Good Doctor,” to discuss the growing trend of parents using tags and signs which inform strangers to not pick up or touch newborn babies. The panel weighs in on if these signs are overprotective or a good way to help babies avoid coming in contact with germs and possible infections.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork notes babies have an underdeveloped immunes system and have not received their immunizations. He says it may be wise, especially in the first 6 weeks of life, to make sure your baby is not being handled by someone who might be sick or have an infection in a public situation. Dr. Travis also notes that something like a common cold for an adult can lead to a serious illness for a baby.
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra says she worries about adults unknowingly passing on viral infections like herpes to babies, an infection that lasts a lifetime. She recommends always someone to wash their wash before holding your newborn.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says if he were to encounter this type of sign he would not think the parents were being too overprotective.