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Anyone worried for their newborn?

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WoodlandWalks · 14/03/2020 21:46

I'm due this week with our first baby and I feel worried but I don't know how much I need to be. I know all the evidence so far suggests that children, even babies are very unlikely to be affected badly but there doesn't seem to be much information about brand new babies. I'm not unwell but am staying home virtually self-isolating anyway purely because I'm just waiting to go into labour. Husband is still working but comes into contact with very few people in his job as he works in isolation.
I'm just not sure, once baby's here if I should be allowing visitors, going out to meet friends etc. or if I should just bring baby straight back home and lock the doors, at least until they're a bit older and had their immunisations etc.
What are other soon to be parents or soon to be parents planning or thinking? I don't want to be worried but I can't help it. We have a lot of lovely supportive friends and family who want to be involved and I know that's not something to take for granted but my main priority needs to be to keep little one safe as best I can.

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lborgia · 14/03/2020 22:05

I honestly wouldn't allow visitors for a while. Plenty of parents feel like this on a normal day. The reality is that less than 1% of the Chinese patients were children, but they don't know why.

The first newborn known to have contracted covid has just been reported in London. The mum was already ill with it, and they're not Sure if the infection happened before or after the baby was born.

One of my children was born in the middle of a huge local flu problem, and we were advised to just stay away from everyone.

You need DH on side to keep the unhelpful at bay. The might be those who feel you're depriving them- tough.

Please don't worry, you will be fine, but do stay away for at least the first couple of weeks until there is more information.

Also, ask at the hospital. I'm sure they'll discharge you with sensible advice (should've started with that!).

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