How can I prevent my child from getting an infection during chemotherapy?

If your child is receiving chemotherapy, diligent handwashing and limiting his or her exposure to others who are sick are practical ways to prevent infection. Keep in mind that bacteria are everywhere, and that bacteria that would not cause an infection in a healthy person may do so in a child receiving chemotherapy. Infections are common even in those who take care to prevent them.
Chemotherapy and other medicines used to make the immune system not work as well may interfere with the body’s ability to fight infections. While your child receives these medicines, she should stay away from people who are sick and wash her hands often. Caregivers and any visitors also should wash hands often and thoroughly.

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