My baby is almost one year old and I still get SUPER upset/panicky when strangers touch him. Is that normal? Or are most people letting their kids roll around on dirty floors by now? I should tell you upfront that I have no reason to be overly concerned, he has a healthy immune system, has never been sick, and is exclusively breastfed.
Here's a summary of my concern:
1-I have diagnosed OCD/Anxiety about germs, which peaked during my pregnancy, but has always been an underlying theme in my life since I was a child with obsessive handwashing. So, my obsessiveness about germs and my anxiety associated with this creates unrealistic scenarios in my mind that I envision will happen if a stranger touches my baby.
2-I feel that strangers invade a child/baby's space in ways that they would NEVER invade an adults space. As in, people will try to touch my baby's face, hands, hair, and head, which they would certainly not do to me. So, I don't like the invasion of his space.
3-We teach our children stranger danger from a young age, yet somehow I should be OK with strangers pawing at my baby/toddler without my permission.
4-It's just icky. I don't know where you/your hands have been and I don't want them going all over my child.
So, what I want to know is. What is "normal"? Do most parents feel concerned about this or not at all? I'm trying to gauge if my concern is related to my OCD or parenting reaction or both.
Please give me your insight mommies!