How you can help protect your baby from infection
Premature or poorly babies are
vulnerable to infection, so it is important that we work with you
to maintain very high standards of hygiene. Everyone who
touches your baby has to wash their hands first and use an alcohol
rub. When your baby is admitted, a nurse will show you how to
wash your hands effectively and help you to complete an assessment
form so you are comfortable with what you need to do. In
order to wash your hands properly, you need to remove rings and
jewellery and keep your nails short.
To help us protect your baby, please keep any handling by
visitors to a minimum, as this will help prevent any infections
being passed to your baby.
If anyone who wishes to visit has a cough or cold, any kind of
infection, or has been exposed to chickenpox, please discuss this
with the nurse looking after your baby before they come to
visit. This is for your baby's protection.