In 2018, Gabrielle Union shared a video of her kissing her infant son set to the song “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game).” To some, it was just an Instagram-worthy clip of a new mom bonding with her baby, but to others, it was a dangerous game. According to Women’s Health, one person commented on Union’s post, writing, “Our mouths are filthy. Babies can’t fight those germs every day.”
The star chose to respond, saying, “Hey guys I appreciate all the concern about kisses on the mouth. …Kaav is healthy and I don’t even touch her without washing and sanitizing myself and everything and everyone that comes into contact with her.” Union, who struggled to get pregnant before eventually welcomed her daughter Kaavia via surrogate, added, “If you think I waited this long and went thru [sic] all this to put my baby in harm’s way… you got another thing coming.”
When speaking to Women’s Health, Danelle Fisher, chief of pediatrics at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in California, said it’s fine to kiss your baby on the lips as long as you’re not sick or have a cold sore. Makes sense!