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It is important to remember that babies born premature or sick are often at a higher risk of getting an infection than babies who are born at term. Premature babies can also be very sensitive to stimulation and tire very quickly.

Once home, most doctors recommend that you avoid visiting crowded, public places where your baby could be exposed to unwanted infections or smoke. Some may even recommend limiting visits to the doctor's surgery for the first several weeks, especially if your baby is discharged during the winter months.

It may also be a good idea when you first arrive home to limit the number of visitors that come to the house. Family and friends will be very keen to meet your new baby and may not understand your concerns, but it is very reasonable to tell them that your doctor has recommended you do not have visitors until the baby is older and stronger.

Some things to keep in mind when having visitors:

  • Do not allow adults or children who are unwell, have a temperature, sickness, diarrhoea or an infectious disease to visit your home.
  • Make sure visitors attend to hand washing, especially before touching the baby.
  • Do not allow smoking inside your house or near the baby.

Talk to your doctor or health provider about their specific recommendations – it is a good idea to ask how limited your baby's contact with others should be during the first few weeks.

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Disclaimer: This publication by Miracle Babies Foundation is intended solely for general education and assistance and it is it is not medical advice or a healthcare recommendation. It should not be used for the purpose of medical diagnosis or treatment for any individual condition. This publication has been developed by our Parent Advisory Team (all who are parents of premature and sick babies) and has been reviewed and approved by a Clinical Advisory Team. This publication is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Miracle Babies Foundation recommends that professional medical advice and services be sought out from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your personal circumstances.To the extent permitted by law, Miracle Babies Foundation excludes and disclaims any liability of any kind (directly or indirectly arising) to any reader of this publication who acts or does not act in reliance wholly or partly on the content of this general publication. If you would like to provide any feedback on the information please email [email protected].