Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anon | 2010-03-29


Exposure to viruses etc at a hospital?

Dear Doc

My daughter is now 13 months. My mother is in hospital after requiring surgery. Is it safe to take my daughter to the hospital to visit her grandma? Will I be unneccesarily exposing the little one to viruses etc - I am worried that her immune system is not yet mature enough to handle what she may be exposed to in a hospital environment.

Or am I being paranoid?

Thank you.

Expert's Reply



Hopefully the surgical section of the hospital will be very clean and safe.You are not being paranoid,it is still not a good idea to take your baby to vist her granny while she is in hospital.In fact in the past most hospitals discouraged children under 16 years from visiting.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2010-03-29

Anon, I might be wrong, but I recall seeing a notice at one of the hospitals (private) where I live to say no children under 12 are allowed to visit patients - only in the maternity and if it is a sibling.

But it might be unique to this hospital

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