Hello,I have a newborn baby and I have a question about listeria. My doctor said to stay away from deli meats when I was pregnant. What about handling deli meats around my newborn, should we wash our hands after eating a sandwich? I was also concerned about cooking around him and handling raw meats. I am very careful, but I just wondered about things that could be contaminated that are already pre-cooked and if he could get it by someone touching him who had it on their hands.
You should religiously wash hands when you also need to touch newborns.
This could cut down many illnesses at this age.
In fact very few persons should lay hands on them except immediate care givers.
Such food articles are very good culture media for germs.
I know, I am very careful, I am just very paranoid about listeria for some reason.
You need to worry because listeria infection is a danger when there is immunity problem as in a newborn.
Listeria infections may create symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, difficulty in breathing, and poor feeding. Pregnant women who develop listeriosis may experience only mild flu-like symptoms.
Please see link : http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/listeria.html#
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