I am just realising how unthinking, inconsiderate and clueless most people are when it comes to babies. So many think that it’s not only okay to reach out and touch a new born, but that it is wanted and good manners! Well, if you ASK first, and WASH your hands second!!!
I’m so seriously fed up with random people reaching out and grabbing my baby’s hands, even before I have noticed they were near! Do they think they are doing me or my baby a favour? Even if your hands are spotless, because you just washed or sanitized, I don’t know that. At least for decency, to ease my fears, make a point of cleaning them in my presence, before going ahead and touching my infant!
And I don’t care how clean your hands are, please don’t go holding hands with my baby. I don’t know about yours or others, but his hands are his second favourite food after my breastmilk! So, within seconds, whatever you touched your hand with while holding him, will end up in his mouth. Please, I don’t mean to be rude but, THINK!
It’s so frustrating because this is so common place, and it’s hard to tell people to attend to due diligence and wash their hands first. They feel that it’s a criticism against them, or an accusation that they are unclean. This even happens at the hospital! They take for granted that they’re clean by virtue of the fact that they work in a hospital. But isn’t that more reason to be careful?
I’m sorry to rant, but I need an outlet. I’m very ready to smack the hand of the next person who behaves so thoughtlessly! Especially now that there’s an Ebola crisis in the country.
If I did this to you when you had your baby, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE forgive me! Now I know better.