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Dr. Diane Truong, pediatrician and partner of online baby skin-care retailer MD Moms, says babies are most likely to get germs from older children. In families with multiple ages, older kids contract germs at school and bring them home, sharing with their younger siblings through two different ways -- respiratory and direct contact. Older siblings transfer germs to younger siblings by coughing, sneezing, or kissing them. Or they come in direct contact with germs and pass them on to babies by touching them or playing with them before washing their hands. Tell older children to kiss Baby on top of her head or on the bottoms of her feet, but stay away from the face. Germs transfer mainly through a baby's nasal, mouth, and eyes.
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