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How can I protect my own health while visiting my baby in the NICU?

For your own health, you're encouraged to take breaks while visiting your baby in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Don’t expect to be by your baby’s side 24 hours a day. You should take time out to eat, go home, take care of errands, or spend some time with other family members. There is no food allowed by the baby’s bedside, but most hospitals have a cafeteria, snack shop, or hospitality cart.

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