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To take my newborn out in public dispite fears over respiratory syncytial virus?

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honeytea Sun 30-Dec-12 10:15:48

My baby is 12 days old and doing really well, he was big when he was born (4.5 kg/10 pounds) and he is breastfeeding well and has regained his lost weight already.

I have been feeling very anxious about keeping him safe, I have been a little overwhelmed by the feelings I have around his safety.

My inlaws called and said they had heard the news on the radio saying that there is an outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus in stockholm where we live and that they advised people with babies to not go out in public.

From the research I have done (dr google) there is an rsv outbreak every year and it lasts for months. Non of the midwives of health visitors have mentioned not taking the baby out.

Here in Sweden the days are so short there are only a couple of hours of daylight at thins time of year so not much chance to go for a walk outside, my plan was to spend time in shopping centers and going into the city to meet friends for coffee but now I feel very worried that I am putting my baby at risk sad

I am worried about feeling isolated being at home most of the day, I am more worried about the health of my baby I just feel like the stay away from the public might be a little extream. What do you think?

I would have my baby in a sling so there wouldn't be people coming and touching him, if anyone does try to touch him I am happy to say pleases don't.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Sun 30-Dec-12 17:38:41

Congratulations on your new baby! He sounds gorgeous and squishy (10lbers are always wonderFully cuddly smile).

I agree that you should take him out unless instructed by medics not to. As you suggest, stop people from touching him as this will make you feel a lot happier. Enjoy your beautiful baby.

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