Visitors and visiting after coming home from the NICU
Since babies who have stayed in the NICU have a greater chance of getting infections than other babies, you want to take steps to keep them healthy. Here are some things you can do:
- Limit the number of people who come to your home.
- Ask visitors to wash their hands before touching your baby.
- Do not let visitors smoke in your home or near your baby.
- Do not let adults or children who are sick, have a fever or who may have been exposed to an illness near your baby. Any adult who will have contact with your baby should get a pertussis, also called whooping cough, vaccine.
- Do not take your newborn to crowded places like the shopping mall and grocery stores.
This does not mean that you can’t invite people to your home or that you have to stay in your house for the first months after your baby comes home. It’s fine to take your baby for walks outside in nice weather and go visit friends or family members. Just make sure your baby is going to a smoke-free and illness-free home.
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Last reviewed: August, 2014