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How can I protect my baby from infections in the NICU?

All newborns are vulnerable to germs -- and babies in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) are especially vulnerable. Protect your baby by doing the following:
  • Be aware that your NICU may limit visitors or have special rules about sibling visits. Be sure to follow these rules. They help protect babies from illness.
  • Ask friends and family not to visit the NICU if they're ill. Even parents should not visit when ill.
  • Wash your hands often, carefully, and thoroughly -- from fingertips to elbows. Also sanitize your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub. Every NICU has multiple dispensers.
  • Don’t allow anyone wearing rings, watches, bracelets, or artificial nails to touch your baby unless they’re wearing gloves.

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