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Sick or premature babies cannot fight germs as well as healthy, full-term babies and are more likely to develop infections. For this reason, we ask you to wash your hands thoroughly before entering the NICU.

You will be asked to show your hospital identification to the nursing staff each time you visit.

The NICU is open to parents 24/7, and visitors are welcome anytime, except during shift changes at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Grandparents and other visitors must have a picture ID, and a visitor's name badge to show nursing staff upon check in. Please note: We may limit visitors during flu season.

Siblings under two-years-old are not allowed into the NICU. Siblings ages 3-to-14 may visit from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. Siblings over age 15 are allowed to visit as adults.

You may request to have a Child Life Specialist visit with your children before they enter the NICU, so they will have a better understanding of what they will see. Brothers and sisters cannot visit if they have a temperature over 100.4 degrees F., are sick, have a rash, or have been exposed to any communicable diseases such as chicken pox or whooping cough.

To contact Child Life Services, please call 713-791-7165.