So today my husband and I went to SAMs club with my 3 month old daughter. As we were checking out, a lady from the next line came over and touched my baby's face as I completed my transaction with the cashier. normally this wouldn't bother me if she would have just asked or made conversation. But she came out of nowhere and touched my baby. As she touched my babies face I was having a panic attack in my head....my DH says I was overreacting but..we never know what kind of germs people carry. Is it wrong that I feel this way?? Am I the only one that feels like this??
i forgot to mention that this was an older hispanic lady. so i told my parents about this and they said that its part of culture. they said it's somethingh called "mal de ojo". i looked it up on google and found this...
"Mal de ojo, sometimes called “evil eye,” is a folk illness which most commonly affects children. It has been defined as a hex caused by a gaze from a more powerful or stronger person looking a weaker person (usually an infant or child but sometimes a woman). It may be someone from outside the family looking at the child with envy, or a stare from a powerful person who is admiring the child. It is usually caused inadvertently.
Those affected may suffer symptoms including headaches, high fever, diarrhea, not sleeping well, increased fussiness, and weeping. It is not fully known what diseases in Western medicine correlate with mal de ojo, however, in severe cases the symptoms are similar to those of sepsis and should warrant a medical evaluation. Cases of mal de ojo with frequent crying and no other symptoms are thought to be similar to colic.
It is thought that shielding the infant from powerful people's direct eye contact can prevent mal de ojo. Having the powerful adult touch the child on the head is also thought to prevent mal de ojo, and a traditional treatment for mal de ojo is to find the person who placed the hex and have them touch the affected child. If this is not possible, a healer (usually a relative or a curandera) may roll a egg over the sufferer's body. The egg is then cracked, placed in a glass of water, and set under the bed of the sufferer. Sometimes a straw cross is made on top of the glass. Prayers are usually said during this ritual. Mal de ojo is thought to persist if untreated and may progress to ojo pasado, characterized by severe coughing and vomiting, which may be fatal.
Mal de ojo is not unique to Hispanic cultures. Other cultures have similar beliefs of an "evil eye," including some in the Mediterranean region and some Muslim cultures."
my parents said this is why she touched my daughter. i dont believe at all in this but its good to be informed. regardless of what they said i really wish she would have asked me to touch my daughter... thanks for your help ladies!!