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Alarming Fact: Your Kiss Can Hurt a Baby

Alarming Fact: Your Kiss Can Hurt a Baby

We all love babies. Newborns get the highest amount of adoration and attention from the adults. Isn’t that natural? If you are the relative/ friend of the newborn’s parents, love comes out of loyalty. If you are the parents, need I say more? Affection, care, and fondness just pour out genuinely. That’s  love. And what happens out of such compassion? We kiss those babies, a pure habit that we can’t help. I have done the same, I am not denying it. I have kissed both my newborns on their cheeks.

But what separated me from others is that I never touched their cheeks with my lips. If I brushed my lips against them, very lightly, I made sure my lips had no trace of lipstick or lip balm.

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Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

I will tell you why it is harmful to kiss a baby, especially a newborn on their lips. When an adult kisses a baby’s lips, they are transmitting germs and viruses onto the baby. A common case is infecting the infant with some kind of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV. HSV-1, commonly known as cold sores, generally occurs on the mouth. It has been estimated that around 70% of US adults suffer from HSV-1. HSV-2, or what we know as genital herpes, happens to one in six of US adults. Adults have the ability to fight this painful, irritating disease.

But for a baby who is only few days old, it is impossible to overcome such pains, given that their immune system is nowhere near as strong as a toddler of two to three years old. Given such circumstances, an infant will be attacked severely which can have them hospitalized. In more critical cases, this can even lead to death.

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The herpes case is as threatening as it sounds. If the parents can detect early symptoms of HSV on their baby, and it is immediately taken care of, then the baby can overcome it without serious consequences. Neonatal herpes simplex should be treated as soon as it is detected. The earlier, the better.

Cold sores are often the result when babies are kissed on the lips. The effect may even equal the effects of HSV-2. There are many cases of babies adopting cold sores from adult kisses. In this recent example, a mother shared her bitter experience of her child suffering from HSV-1. What she did was wonderful — she worked hard in an attempt to make her Facebook post go viral, just to create awareness for adults everywhere.

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    The Kissing Disease

    There are other ailments that can transpire through kissing a baby. Mononucleosis, is known simply as the “kissing disease”, or “mono”. The kissing disease is also categorized under the herpes family. However, apart from only kissing the baby on the lips, this infection can be transmitted via sharing food, glasses, cups, utensils, and drinking water/ liquids from the same bottle.

    Mononucleosis has many symptoms. A child is likely to suffer from fever, nausea, vomiting, extreme fatigue, apathy, and swollen lymph nodes. To prevent an infant from such agonies, parents must warn others not to go all sloppy on the poor child.

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    Your kiss can spread cavities to your baby…

    As surprising as it may seem, the following is a fact: Your kiss can lead to cavities in your child. The cavity causing bacteria is known as Streptococcus mutans. This bacteria is transferred from one person to another through saliva. And what happens when you kiss your baby? You are, basically, transferring your saliva onto your baby’s mouth. This may result in early tooth decay, a very painful experience for a young age.

    … and colds too

    Colds are another contagious illness. Any sensible individual would avoid a baby when they are suffering from cold. A simple sneeze in front of the infant could be fatal. You have to remember, babies from zero to three months are very vulnerable to their exposed environment. They will catch every germ that lingers through the air. So, be sensible and avoid cuddling, kissing, even playing with a baby when you suffer from a cold.

    These are very crucial facts that need to raise alarm among adults. Awareness allows adults not only to prevent themselves from harming an innocent child, but to warn other, older children to do the same. One must be extra cautious whenever one is around a baby.

    So, let’s halt our sloppy smooching and allow our babies to grow stronger immune systems. Then we can kiss them as much as we want!

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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