COVID-19 and your new baby
Important information about COVID-19 and your new baby
Congratulations on your new arrival! We know a lot of Traveller women are very worried about themselves and their babies during this time. Click on this leaflet for accurate information about how to keep yourself and your baby safe from COVID-19.
COVID-19 and newborns: The facts
Is my baby at a higher risk of getting COVID-19?
It is rare for babies to get COVID-19. If you and your baby are healthy, they are not at a higher risk of getting COVID-19. Babies don’t get very sick with the virus, but they can spread it to other people.
What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?
- high temperature (38 degrees Celsius of higher)
- new constant cough
- breathing problems
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If you have symptoms call your GP right away.
What symptoms should I watch out for in my baby?
Call your GP straight away if your baby:
- is under 3 months old and has a high temperature (38 degrees Celsius of higher)
- is pale and their skin is cold
- has breathing problems
- doesn’t respond to you or does not seem their usual self
- is going blue round the lips
- has a fit or seizure
- has a rash
What do I do if we have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19?
Phone your GP straight away. You and your baby will need to restrict your movements until you can talk to your GP.
How do I keep my baby and myself safe from COVID-19?
- Wash your hands often. Wash your baby’s hands often too with soap and water. Don’t use hand gel on their hands.
- Stay at home as much as possible and avoid gatherings.
- Stay well away (6 feet) from others.
- Wear a face covering (mask) if you are going shopping or using public transport.
- Wipe down all surfaces in your home with bleach. Wear rubber gloves when you are cleaning and keep bleach out of children’s reach.
- Don’t touch your face with your hands.
- Cover your mouth with a clean tissue when you’re coughing or sneezing. Cough or sneeze into your elbow if you don’t have a tissue.
Can I have visitors after the baby comes home?
Follow the latest government advice on visitors to your home. Not everyone shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19, so keep 6 feet apart from visitors to keep your baby and yourself safe.
What about the baptism?
Talk to your Priest about baptising your baby. For more information you can also call the Parish of the Travelling People: 01 838 8874.
Can I go for walks?
Fresh air and exercise is good for you during this time. When outside, keep a good distance from other people. Wash your hands and your baby’s hands before you go out and as soon as you get back.
If you or your baby have COVID-19
What will happen if I have COVID-19?
You will need to self-isolate if you have COVID-19. This means:
- Stay at home
- No visitors
- Keep 6 feet apart from other people in your home
- Wear a mask when you are near other people in your home
- Stay in a separate room with the window open if you can
- Clean the toilet and door handles with bleach after you use them
- Don’t share food, plates, drinking glasses, knives, forks, spoons, towels, dishcloths and bedding with other people. Wash these items well with soap and hot water after you use them
People who live with you will have to restrict their movements if you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.
When can I stop self-isolating?
Only stop self-isolating when:
- you have had no fever for 5 days and
- it has been 10 days since you first had symptoms
Ask your GP or public health nurse for more information.
What if I can’t self-isolate?
If you need support to safely self-isolate, contact your:
- Local Authority
- Local Traveller organisation
- Traveller Primary Health Care Project/Traveller Health Unit
What if I have COVID-19 but my baby doesn’t?
If you want to keep looking after your baby, you should:
- Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser before and after feeding, bathing and cuddling your baby
- Wash your hands after changing their nappy
- Wear a mask when you are around your baby
- Don’t cough or sneeze around your baby
- Don’t be kissing your baby on the face
- Keep your baby’s cot at least 6 feet away from you when you are sleeping
How should I feed my baby if I have COVID-19 or symptoms of the virus?
Breastmilk is the best milk for your baby. It is safe to keep breastfeeding. To prevent passing the virus on to your baby while breastfeeding:
- Wash your hands before touching your baby
- Wear a mask
- Sterilise any breast pump or bottles
If you are bottle-feeding, keep sterilising the bottles. Wash your hands before and after you feed your baby.
How will my baby be tested for COVID-19?
Your GP will organise a test for you and your baby if needed. If your baby needs to be tested, the tester will place a cotton bud inside both nostrils to get a sample. For children under the age of two, the swab will only go 1cm deep. The test is easy and quick.
What happens if my baby has COVID-19?
If your baby tests positive for COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate them. You will need to wear a face covering when you are with them. Make sure to wash your hands before and after touching your baby.
What should I do if my baby isn’t getting any better?
If your baby has COVID-19, call your GP right away if:
- they have a high temperature (38 degrees Celsius or higher)
- they have a rash
- they are getting sicker
- they have swelling in their hands and feet – the skin looks red and hard
- their lips, mouth and tongue are dry, cracked, swollen or bleeding
- they have swelling around their eyes or redness in the whites of their eyes