Mum pleads with people to please be aware of what a common cold can do to a baby.

Mum of four and blogger, Live it. Do it, has shared a very important message everyone needs to read.

“This was our little Clover at 9 days old, spending 10 days of her new life in hospital.

“She’s our fourth baby so having a sick newborn this time around was just “unlucky”. We were careful, we hadn’t had many visitors, we hadn’t had time.

“The truth is that I am still genuinely scared of any slight sickness as my ,2 year old only had a fever and a slight cough when my 8 day old baby was admitted to ICU for the same virus.

“The whole experience was terrifying, I watched my brand new baby in intensive care fighting to breathe, hooked up to every machine, being poked and prodded, not even aloud to feed her, she screamed, oh man she screamed and there was nothing I could do to help her but sit and pray for her.

“RSV is a common cold to adults but to a baby, it can kill them. Not just newborns, but there were toddlers in there too, completely sedated on breathing machines.
And it’s not just RSV, there are many other viruses out there too. Throughout this sick season we need to use common sense.

“We were extremely “unlucky” BUT There are some simple things we can all do;

* Just don’t kiss other people’s babies. FULL STOP!

* If you are sick, even a sniffle, don’t visit a baby. Heck, don’t even stand in the street talking to their mum.

* PLEASE always wash your hands!!!! Teach your kids how important hand washing is too.

* BOOST your families immune systems naturally by eating healthy, wholesome foods. Suppliment if you feel necessary with good quality vitamins and probiotics.

* STAY HOME if your sick, it’s really ok to take a sick day. Don’t send your kids to school or daycare if their sick either, we live in a busy world but it’s ok to stop when you need to and it’s not fair sharing sickness around with other families.

* Don’t expect a Mum to pass you their baby, ask first. And if they say no, understand that it’s not you, it’s their baby and they can choose to stay in that bubble as long as they like.

* AND to the new Mums or Mums to be; hold your babies close, the only breathe they need to feel is yours. There is no rush to be out in the world or to have vistors, that’s your time. Enjoy that special time together.”

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  • The tiny baby of a lady I had worked with a couple of years before caught a cold. They took her to a Dr. who checked her over and gave them instructions. As the Mum had to have an emergency c-section there was a lot of things she wasn’t allowed to do so her Mum and her Mother-in-law had been visiting to help her with washing etc. as she wasn’t able to hang it on the line and they hadn’t anticipated needing a clothes dryer. Her husband had run out of leave and it was before parental leave was even thought of. Neither the Mum or Mother-in-law had a cold but could have been a carrier. The 2nd time she got a cold about 3 months later she had a bad cough and the Dr. they had seen previously wasn’t there so they saw a different one. He ordered Chest Xrays which revealed she had pneumonia the first time. They were extremely lucky that she was as strong as she would or they would have had to rush her to hospital, probably by ambulance.


  • Poor little bubba. I can relate to this mum as my twins were preemie and immunocompromised and both hospitalised multiple times in their first year for RSV, breathing, chest infections.
    I’m so careful with them and my newborn now. Most adults don’t appreciate that a ‘simple’ cold that they still take to work or school or visiting others may be harmless for adults but can kill a small baby or immune compromised baby. There’s nothing worse than watching your baby in hospital on breathing machines, IV lines and so sick and not being able to do anything.
    Definitely agree to ask mum before you pick up her baby, and please please don’t visit if you have even a hint of a cold, sniffles, cough etc. the risk just isn’t worth it with newborns. I’ve been much more relaxed with my first and my newborn but still terrified and hate seeing people in shopping centres, work etc sneezing, coughing and clearly unwell. And still wanting to touch or cuddle my twins! Understand I’m not being horrible, I’m protecting them as their little immune systems aren’t developed, have had to delay some vaccinations (which scares me and I hate and get them done as soon as able) due to preemie issues and their underdeveloped lungs.
    So sorry this mum had the trauma of her newborn so sick and I hope she’s ok now.


  • Dear little one, such a hard time for the family. It’s true – don’t kiss babies and give them your germs.


  • The poor little one – always an awful experience for any parent.


  • Oh the poor thing, it’s not nice seeing then like this when you can’t do anything for them


  • Oh sweetie. Look how she holds the hand of the adult so tight.
    A very scary experience. :-(

    • Such a precious and heartwarming image of the parent and child bond.


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