Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

After Delivery

After delivery, you will experience family-centered care that puts your baby at your bedside, 24 hours a day. Your partner or designated support person can stay with you and your baby for as long as you are in the hospital. Visiting hours are flexible, too. Review our visitor guidelines to find out more.

Basic Infant Care

Baby boy having his nappy changed

To a new parent, even routine tasks like changing a diaper and dressing your baby can seem daunting. But not to worry, all it takes is a bit of guidance, patience and natural instinct. While you’re under our care, the patient and experienced nurses will teach you everything you need know, so that you can take the newest addition to your family home with confidence.

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  • When holding your baby you should support his or her head and neck.
  • Always keep one hand on your baby when you diaper or dress your baby on a changing table or high surface.
  • Use a Bulb Aspirator to take mucus, breast milk or formula out of your baby’s mouth. Don’t overuse the bulb aspirator in the baby’s nose.

Using a Bulb Aspirator

  • Squeeze the bulb halfway.
  • Gently put the tip in the side of your baby’s mouth and release. As you release the bulb, the mucus and/or milk will be sucked into the bulb.
  • Squeeze the mucus out of the bulb into a tissue or trash can. Avoid excessive use. o
  • Rinse the bulb aspirator out with hot water after each use

Delayed Pacifier Use

It’s important to delay pacifier use until your baby is about 3 to 4 weeks old. Using pacifiers before then can make it difficult for you to learn your baby’s feeding cues, make it harder for your baby to latch to your breast, and may decrease the amount of milk you make.


Babies are born with their own likes and dislikes. How babies relate to their parents, family members and the world around them comes from their unique personalities. One of the challenges in the first few days of life is to learn what works best for your baby.


Crying is the only way your baby has to talk to you. Some crying is normal. Babies cry to tell you when they are hungry, tired or just need to be held. You cannot spoil a newborn with attention. Try to meet basic needs first. Is your baby hungry, wet or dirty, or too warm/too cold?

If your baby is still crying try the following: –

  • Rock your baby in a rocking chair.
  • Gently stroke the back of your baby’s head.
  • Talk or sing to your baby.
  • Play soft music.
  • Walk your baby in your arms or in a stroller.
  • Go for a ride in the car.
  • Play rhythmic noise.
  • Burp your baby.
  • Sometimes too much activity can make it hard to calm your baby. Never bring your baby into bed with you to calm him or her.