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How can I protect my newborn from COVID-19?

  • Breastfeed: with proper handwashing before. If you have COVID-19, breastfeed with a mask.
  • Hold your newborn baby skin-to-skin on your chest (but keep them warm).
  • Everyone in the house should wash hands often with soap for 20 seconds (or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser).
  • Choose only two or three other people to help with the baby. Everyone who spends time with the baby should always wash hands for 20 seconds before and after touching the baby. They should also use a clean, homemade mask each time they are with the baby.
  • They must not touch their face or the baby’s face.
  • No-one should kiss the baby’s face.
  • If possible, other people should be at least 1-2 meters away from the baby and the person caring for the baby.
  • Keep household surfaces clean. Use 4 teaspoons of bleach in 1 litre of water. Keep bleach out of reach from children.

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