Are those nipples passing contagious viruses?
My DD, age 2.5, nurses once in the morning and once at night. My DS, age 1 month, nurses all the time. :D
DD had a fever yesterday and has a runny nose. We noticed a slight rash, like mild tiny pimples but without the white centers, all over her body but it doesn't seem to be bothering her. She's also getting a big back molar in, so we think it might just be teething.
But in case it isn't the teething, should I be worried about DD and DS nursing from the same nipples?
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The other question is: is it possible in any practical way for a newborn to avoid catching things from their toddler sibling, whether they're tandem nursing or not? In my experience, toddlers are very creative at finding ways to share saliva with their family members.
Well, teething doesn't cause rashes, so I think that's out. There's so many ways that family members, especially silblings, share germs, that tandem feeding seems like sprinkles on the icing on the cake to me. Here's when it comes in handy to be breastfeeding, because you're sharing your antibodies with your newborn.
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And remember exposure to bacteria/viruses makes our immune systems grow.
That sounds like Roseola. I'm pretty sure it can be transferred through saliva but I'm not an expert.
Wow, after reading that mayoclinic link I think that is what DD has! Thanks!
And since DS still has some immunity from me, he is probably safe.
And I totally agree with the others here that said nipples are just one of many ways DD lovingly shares her germs with DS, such as grabbing his paci and giving it to him after her hands have been who knows where...
I don,t know how good or reallistic it is to wash nipples with water and soap after baby1 nurses if he is sick. but washing hand (or nipples) with water and soap removes the vast majority of viruses....it will also strip the nipple from it"s natural oils....
as most say, they will still share viruses by other ways. my kids shared as mush since tandem nursing stopped as during the tandem period.
also, a lot of viruses get transmitted before even any symptomes. so your dd was probably conbtagious way before you noticed she was sick!
and my Ds1 had Roseola when tandem nursing. ds 2 didn't get it. or got it, but had no symptoms....
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