One of the most important things you can do for your baby is practice careful hand hygiene. This simple task is a key factor in keeping your baby healthy. Babies in the NICU are more at risk for serious infections. Their germ-fighting defenses are not as developed; their body may be more stressed from other illnesses and they may be exposed to invasive procedures such as IV lines.
Hand Washing Guidelines
Handwash with soap and water for 40-60 seconds. Your baby’s nurse will be happy to demonstrate!
When should you use soap and water?
Hand Rubbing Guidelines
Hand rub with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for 20-30 seconds.
When should you use hand gel?
WASH YOUR HANDS!
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.-According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).