There are some things no new parent wants to be without when baby arrives. (See: lots of diapers, a mountain of wipes, and some onesies.) But for some moms- and dads-to-be, that must-have list now includes vaccinations -- not just for themselves, but for anyone who will come in contact with baby.
The trend, called "infant cocooning," may sound like the stuff of extreme parents, but down-to-earth, normal couples are also making sure Grandma is up to date on her diphtheria, influenza and pertussis shots before she can hold the baby, reports CBS' New York affiliate. And this is music to the ears of the experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics, who recommend the practice because it help prevent infants from being exposed to infectious diseases.
Among the potpourri of vaccinations out there, the AAP recommends people get vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough. That's because the respiratory tract infection is on the rise in the United States, and most babies have to wait until they're 2 months old before receiving the vaccination, CBS reports. Plus, "a baby under 6 months of age is more likely to be hospitalized or die from whooping cough infection as opposed to a 2-year-old or 12-year-old who gets ill and has a bad cough," says pediatrician (and Parents advisor) Dr. Ari Brown.
While some people think asking family, friends, and caregivers to undergo a round of shots before meeting baby is overkill, I'm siding with the experts on this one. After I brought home my newborn son, I stationed vats of hand sanitizer all around my home and nudged visitors toward them the second they took off their coats. And yes, my husband and I also asked our families to make sure they were up to date on their vaccinations before they came over to meet our son. We had no idea it was called "infant cocooning," though -- to us, it was just plain common sense.
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