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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Concerned | 2007/03/31

Q.

Kissing baby on mouth

Hi CD
Please could you help me get some info on why adults should not kiss a baby on the mouth, as it is so difficult to always try explain why i do not appreciate people kissing my daughter on the mouth.
and she is only 41/2 months old.
WHat i mean is could you help give me some real good amo that is fact based to make these people aware e.g. Thrush.

I have tried explaining to my family and they keep doing it and i hate to sound like a real big bitch, but really they are not the most cleasiness of people either which makes me so upset when they kiss her.

Regards
Concerned

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Kissing on the mouth is going out of fashion as greeting. This is a very good way of transmitting infections caused by germs and viruses. One illness is even known as 'the kissing disease' [glandular fever]. So tell your family and friends to stop kissing your baby on the mouth it is just very unfair to your baby to do this these days.

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