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What should I know about using my cell phone in the NICU?

Cell phones are a great way to keep in touch with people and share news about your baby. But cell phones -- and other electronic devices such as media players and laptop or tablet computers -- also pose challenges in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU).

The list below offers a few things to consider:
  • Your phone is covered with germs. It's best not to handle it when you're also handling your baby.
  • Your phone is distracting -- to you and to your baby. Limit your time talking, texting, or playing games on your phone. You need to focus on your baby, and your baby needs quiet and rest.
  • Your phone may invade someone else's privacy. The pictures or videos you take with your phone may include other babies and families. Please help the NICU staff honor patients' privacy. Refrain from Skyping or recording if they ask you not to.

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