Creepy Pediatrician Caught Kissing 11-Day-Old Baby

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kissThere is something just so irresistible about itty bitty babies that makes me want to kiss 'em. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? They're just so delicious, you want to get your mouth on them. But what would you do if a grown man was smooching on your little pumpkin as if she were his own kid? What if your baby's pediatrician couldn't stop kissing her?

Getting a little freaked out? So was the CafeMom who confessed she was "shocked" when she took her 11-day-old daughter into the doctor's office and watched her pediatrician plant one on her baby girl's forehead and the back of her head.

The mom, who chose to remain anonymous, says she didn't think the kissy-faced doc was a "pervert," but she was certainly put off. And I can't blame her. 

Kissing someone else's baby is creepy ... unless you have Mom and Dad's permission or you're super close to that kiddo.

When my daughter was a baby, I hated, hated, hated when people tried to kiss her. Like this mom, I rarely thought "pervert," but I did worry about germs. And I was just plain confused when someone I didn't know very well thought my baby was kissable. It seemed rather ... intimate a gesture for a child who wasn't part of the family or at least the child of a close friend.

To put it bluntly, I was squicked out. Especially by the weirdos in the supermarket who would coo over her, then lean in and give her a smack on the forehead ... as if it was completely natural to kiss a child they didn't know from Adam.

I've thought about it long and hard since then, and I think the problem we run into is that babies make people happy. They smile, and the whole world lights up. There's something about them that makes us want to be close to them, to get a little of that happy about the world juju. And OK, maybe to drink in that sweet baby smell.

But people tend to forget that babies are human beings! They deserve their own personal space too! People, even pediatricians, need to realize that what would be inappropriate with a toddler doesn't suddenly become "OK" just because a baby can't say "no."

So yeah, I can kiss babies with the best of the politicians, but I restrain myself. Now if only the old ladies would too ... and the creepy pediatricians.

How would you feel about a pediatrician kissing your baby? What about a stranger in the grocery store? Where do you draw the line?


Image via Martyn Wright/Flickr

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lalab... lalaboosh


People love babies, babies love kisses... Calm yourself.

Doomy234 Doomy234

Whew. I was prepared for this story to be much worse than it was.

I wouldnt be happy if someone I hardly knew kissed my baby. That right is reserved for family only.

twili... twilightsbella

I had an experience wen someone i didnt know all that well kissed my baby on his cheek. I told her dnt ever put ur nasty ass lips on my child again or were gonna have problems. U are not his parents. She never came back to my house again lmao

Claud... ClaudiaLynn

Really? Get a grip! It's not like he Frenched the baby. The DR. is full of care and love and isn't that what we want for our Pediatrician. Germs....grow up! There is more germs on the grocery cart and your cell phone, then a loving peck on the forehead. Young parents are ridiculous!

nonmember avatar Sally

You know... I think this may be our doctor and he gave our son a little peck or two on the top of the head when he was a newborn. At the time, I didn't think anything of it other than I thought it was very sweet.

rhps2000 rhps2000

A kiss on the head would not bother me as much as what people usually do ... grab the baby's hands. I hate that! The first thing he'll do afterwards is put them in his mouth! :(

Irela... Ireland69

Ridiculous !!!!

Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

I agree, I don't automatically  think "pervert" but it would still put me off/I would try to stop it if ANY stranger or casual/business acquaintance kissed my baby.Yes,babies are cute and make people happy but that doesn't mean that everyone has a free pass to kiss every baby they see. At least in this case is what only on the head, though once I think, should've been enough. I also agree with rhps2000 that it also bothers me when people grab the baby's hands...I really wish people would consider that even though they are ok with something, others have boundaries that they prefer to be respected and I don't think that's too much to ask.,especially on kissing a total stranger's baby without at least asking first.That's just common courtesy in my opinion...


I was squeamish when people other than family kissed on my daughter's cheek had a rash  the same size and place as the lipstick I kept wiping off her cheek.  I remained polite because I knew there were no ill intentions coming from my MIL's friends--they just thought she was cute.  :)  When I see cute babies, I coo at them or talk normal voice and tweek their feet.

nonmember avatar ohbaby sound like the picture of class. Your poor kid.

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