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How you can help protect your baby from infection

Handwashing staffPremature 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.