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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 September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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