A dog’s mouth carries a lot of germs, which can easily be passed to people. This is especially problematic for babies and immune suppressed adults. Both are at an increased risk of contracting infections and parasites from dogs. So, even though it may look cute, a dog licking a baby’s face should not be allowed.
Can a baby get sick from a dog?
Some parents worry that dogs will pass germs to their babies when they lick or slobber on them. It’s true that dogs’ mouths can harbor bacteria, especially if they’ve been chewing on unsanitary things. However, germs tend to be species-specific, meaning dog germs are unlikely to make your child sick.
Is it OK to have dogs around newborns?
Generally speaking, it’s all right to allow your pet near your new baby, as long as the pet is well behaved and you are there to supervise. It’s common for a pet, who has until recently been the focus of the family’s attention, to become jealous of a new baby.
Can dogs hurt babies?
Dogs can become agitated by the sounds and movements of a baby. Dogs have been know to try to move a baby by carrying the baby in their mouths the way a mother dog might do with her puppies. Other dogs have hurt babies because the baby moves and sounds like prey.
Should dog sleep in same room as baby?
Solution: Keep your cat or dog out of your little one’s room while she is sleeping. Pets can jump into cribs and increase the risk of suffocation or other injury. The AAP recommends pets be kept out of Baby’s sleeping area for another reason, as well: Floating fur or dander could affect your little one’s breathing.