When Can I Take My Newborn Out in Public?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.newborn, public, pregnancy & newborn center, baby, baby in public, can i take my baby outside?, how long before I can take my newborn out in public?, taking babies outside, infections, germs, 05/26/200607/21/201707/21/2017Rupal Christine Gupta, MD04/14/201590f62e98-73c9-4e38-a19f-583f0b3d2b48https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/newborn-out.html/<p><em>When is it OK to take a newborn to public places? What about letting other people near my baby? I'm worried about infections. <br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Nancy</em></p> <p>Some doctors prefer for parents to wait until their baby is a few months old before going to crowded public places (like malls, movie theaters, and airplanes). But there are no set rules about how long to wait before taking a newborn out into the world or when to let people near the baby.</p> <p>In fact, if the weather is nice, you should feel free to take your baby outside whenever you feel up to it &mdash; you both would both probably enjoy a stroll outside and some fresh air!</p> <p>When you're out and about, though, do avoid exposing your newborn to anyone who is clearly sick. A newborn's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immune.html/">immune system</a> is still developing and may not be able to fight off infections. And ask anyone who holds, touches, or feeds your newborn to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">wash their hands</a> first.</p> <p>It's also important to make sure your baby's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immunization-chart.html/">vaccines</a> are up to date.</p> <p>Your doctor may advise you to take extra precautions if your child was <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preemies.html/">premature</a> or has a condition that affects the immune system, like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hiv.html/">HIV</a>.</p> <p>If you have any questions, talk with your doctor.</p>
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