If you have COVID-19 or are suspected of having COVID-19, staying in a different room from your baby is the safest way to keep your newborn healthy. A healthy caregiver should take care of the baby and can feed expressed breast milk. You can stop isolating yourself from your baby once you are fever-free without use of fever medicines (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) for at least 24 hours; when your other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving; and when at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms started. If you never had symptoms, you can stop isolating yourself after 10 days have passed since your positive COVID-19 test.i
If you and your family decide to keep your baby in the same room as you, keep a distance of at least 6 feet from your baby when possible. When closer than 6 feet, wear a mask and make sure your hands are clean by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before touching your newborn, or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available.i Be sure not to touch the front of the mask, and change out the mask when it is damp.
As always, it is recommended to be in close communication with your health care provider(s) and to follow your provider’s guidance.
Updated: November 18, 2020