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Dr. Oz Guidelines For Newborns

Dr. Oz's Guidelines For Newborn's First Month of Life

Everybody wants to hold, hug, kiss, and love a new baby! But Dr. Mehmet Oz says parents should be a bit cautious. The cardiac surgeon and author, whose latest book You: Raising Your Child (The Owner's Manual From First Breath to First Grade) ($14) is a must read, speaks from experience, as he is also a father of four!

LilSugar: Are there some general guidelines for protecting a newborn from germs?
Dr. Oz: I would not take the child out. There's no reason to expose the child to illnesses which they can easily weather as they get older. Infants are not small adults, they have very immature immune systems and are primarily protected by your breast milk (and if it doesn't come in normally then there are some gaps in their immune system) so why take a chance? In the first couple weeks, I'd limit visitation to very close relatives who are healthy and people can come and look at the child, but they just should avoid touching the child.

LilSugar: At what point is it appropriate to let people hold the baby?
Dr. Oz: I think a month is a pretty rational time period. It allows the child to work through some of the early problems with jaundice, breastfeeding issues, the umbilical cord would have fallen off. You know for six months they are a different species and when we learn about children in med school, we learn about the first six months and then the rest. For that first month, they are really fragile. Then you can loosen up a little. I'd still be cautious about having people come over who aren't feeling well. The child will be exposed enough to their siblings who are sick. The older the child is, the more I would expose them because you do want them picking up things that are out there and overcoming them, because it strengthens their immune system and helps them practice for life.

Check back for more from our interview with Dr. Oz tomorrow! If you missed yesterday's portion read it here!

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carolynz carolynz 6 years
The 7-10 day check-up is to do the 2nd PKU test and make sure that the baby is up to birth weight and that the baby has "recovered" from the birth. We were told at our very basic and general hospital birth class that we shouldn't take a baby on a plane until he or she has had the pertussis vaccine (given at 2 months) because it's very prevalent but can be fatal to babies, so keeping the baby home for the first 4 weeks doesn't seem like much of a stretch to me.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 6 years
i don't think it's that people skip the check ups, i think it's that people aren't shoving them into the arms of everyone they see. I know I've heard that the first month is really unstable, and that a newborn has to be given time to assimilate all of the antibodies you've got in your system that you're giving them through breastfeeding.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I don't see why people keep saying keep them inside the first month. Their first checkup is usually a week later, and the second just before or after a month old.. are people skipping those?
missyd missyd 6 years
wow, really Dr.Oz?
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