A Helpful Guide for New Mums During COVID-19

A Helpful Guide for New Mums During COVID-19

Being a new mum is stressful under normal circumstances. With the COVID-19 pandemic, your anxiety levels have probably skyrocketed! That’s understandable, but if you follow the official government guidelines, you’ll be doing the best for your baby. Here’s a helpful guide to being a new mum during the COVID-19 pandemic

Hygiene

 

Scientists believe that babies and children are less likely to contract COVID-19 than adults. However, it’s still important to practise good hygiene and social distancing. Washing your hands regularly, before and after touching your baby, will reduce your risk of contracting and spreading the virus. Wear a face covering whenever you’re within 1.5 metres of your infant.

Social Contact

 

When you’re out with your baby, avoid close social contact and wear a face covering. Never put a face mask on your baby as masks present a choking and suffocation hazard. Disinfect any home surfaces you touch after you’ve been out in public. If visitors are permitted in your home, remember that it’s your choice whether or not you allow them to enter or to hold your newborn. You may prefer to stay in touch via FaceTime, Skype, or WhatsApp to be on the safe side.

Postnatal Care

 

Attend appointments unless otherwise instructed; these may be offered online or over the phone. If you’re breastfeeding, the government recommends you continue throughout the pandemic, as there’s no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted via breast milk. Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about postnatal care during the pandemic.

 

To Recap:

  • Practise good hygiene and wash your hands regularly
  • Wear a face mask when you’re within 1.5 metres of your baby
  • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces in your home
  • Keep medical appointments unless otherwise instructed
  • Practise social distancing in public
  • Continue breastfeeding as normal
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you feel unwell
  • Reach out to your doctor for advice and support

 

 

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