Moms can be very protective of their young children. And why shouldn’t they? If they’re not careful, babies can get exposed to dangerous situations and objects. But some moms are now asserting their protection over their babies by posting signs that hang from the baby’s stroller to ward off affectionate strangers who might otherwise poke their heads into the carriage to greet the unsuspecting baby – and spray the child with all sorts of unwanted germs.
New signs, which were very popular this Christmas, make it easy for moms and dads to keep people away from their babies. You might have seen these signs popping up near infants. Because news stories go viral about how children die after getting a kiss from someone with the herpes virus or how little ones can get very sick following exposure to the common cold, moms and dads are not taking any risks this season.
The signs that you might see this winter get straight to the point. One reads “No touching. Your germs are too big for me!”
Another sign reads: “Stop! Your germs are too big for little me! Please look, don’t touch. Mommy thanks you very much.”
Although these signs have become very popular and easily bought from websites like Amazon and Etsy, people are a bit peeved about them. Because moms and dads don’t want strangers touching their infants and babies, they hope these signs will encourage people to look and admire the cute babies from a distance rather than reaching into the car seat to touch.
One sign reads: “I’m a Micro Preemie. That means I’m extra small, extra cute, and extra sensitive! No touching! Your germs are too big for me!”
Recently, Rhian Brace shared pictures of her son, who got sick following a kiss from an unsuspecting carrier of a disease. Because the person kissed him just a fortnight after he was born, he was so weak, and the disease affected him.
Although doctors told Rhian that her son was cursed with eczema, she didn’t think they were right. The symptoms kept getting worse and worse and worse. She knew it was something else. Something much more serious.
“Three days later another four [blisters] had appeared and then overnight another six had made an appearance, all looking like infected blisters,” she shared on Facebook.
Because mom knows best, Rhian sought a second opinion. The doctor at the children’s hospital told her what it really was and it certainly was not eczema. Her son had been cursed with a kiss of Herpes simplex virus. In babies, this common virus can prove deadly.
In a world where a kiss can kill a baby, can parents be blamed for being paranoid?
Parents are outraged that strangers don’t know how to keep their hands to themselves.
“My son was born with major heart defects and undergone surgeries. So he has a compromised immune system. Pretty sad you even have to post a sign these days cause people just don’t have common sense!”
What do you think about the “no touching” signs?
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