Clean hands in hospital

Written by admin on February 4th, 2011. Posted in Hygiene Safety, In the Hospital

The situation is simple. A brand newborn baby hasn’t been exposed to ANYTHING out in the big wide world yet. Not greasy hands, nor bacteria from elevator buttons, lazily washed hands after a toilet visit or a thoughtless wipe of the nose. As their mother you should feel entirely free to insist all visitors wash their hands thoroughly before picking up or touching your baby. This includes family, friends and especially medical staff. I asked staff on two occasions to wash their hands before touching our twins. One replied “Oh I used the gel outside earlier” and then thought better of it and washed his hands anyway without further comment.

There is one thing you are the ABSOLUTE guardian of and that is you and your baby’s welfare. If you feel at any time that you are not comfortable with any situation be it the way a staffer is handling your baby or a visitor who has a cough, speak up immediately. It’s not worth letting it fly around as an uneasy feeling. Act on it and feel better for it.

PASS on the Flowers: Bacteria Breeders

Written by admin on February 4th, 2011. Posted in Hygiene Safety, In the Hospital

For a woman flowers are such a lovely gift to receive at any time of the year. It’s one of those purchases you wouldn’t ordinarily make for yourself so it’s a beautiful treat to receive. But when you’ve just given birth to a beautiful little newborn the last thing you should have hovering over his/her cot are flowers with pollen and especially flowers more than one day old. Bacteria and mould begin to grow in the water soaked stems and is circulated around through the air. There’s a reason that ICU’s (Intensive Care Units) don’t allow flowers.

Put the word out that you’d love simple/thoughtful gifts that aren’t of the floral variety. We are blessed with a beautiful friend who sent us an amazing box of 0000 ‘hand me down’ clothing for our girls and it was far more useful than any bunch of flowers. To this day that gift remains the most valuable in memory. Pre washed, pre loved clothing is the BEST thing that can go on your newborn baby’s skin. Chemicals from it’s manufacture are all but gone and this fabric is second only to organic cotton garments. Pre loved’s are gold! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Marianne xo

Doctors’ ties harbour germ cities

Written by admin on February 4th, 2011. Posted in Hygiene Safety

Ponder this, how often would you imagine a man sends his ties out for dry cleaning?…….hmmm. Now watch as it hovers over you or your baby as he leans in to check you over. How many other patients has he leaned over since that little piece of polyester or silk last saw the inside of a laundromat? More likely it’s been with him through many lunch and dinners, bathroom visits, request for patients to cough, habitual stroking as you see many men do, and then rolled up in an office drawer somewhere day after day collecting various particles over many months or even years.  So if you feel shy about asking, take a lonnnnng look at that tie and picture the life it may have lead. You should feel completely at ease asking him to tuck it into his shirt…and then wash his hands.