ChristianaCare

All visitors are required to wear masks.

For COVID-19 safety, all visitors to ChristianaCare facilities and services are required to wear masks. This includes visitors who are vaccinated. Please read our visitor guidelines before arrival.

Masks required at outpatient locations; visitors and support persons limited

All visitors at outpatient locations must be masked in alignment with the masking guidelines on our visitation policy page here. Patients at ChristianaCare’s outpatient services are advised to come to their appointments alone unless a support person is absolutely needed. If a support person is needed, such as a parent, guardian or spokesperson, we highly encourage that the support person be vaccinated. Outpatient practices are not requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test for visitors at this time.

All hospital visitors required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be 16 or older.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.

Before visiting, click here for more details about visitation.

Visit coronavirus.delaware.gov or cecilcountyhealth.org for local vaccination and testing sites.

Caring For You Baby

A new baby brings joy but also challenges to daily life. We are here to help and make sure you feel confident caring for your baby when you leave the hospital as well as in the weeks, months and years to follow.

Diapering

Diapering baby

A skill that every parent quickly masters, diapering is a rite of passage that only gets easier the more you do it. And you’ll be doing it a lot. Although it’s far from rocket science, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to make sure your baby remains clean, dry and away from risk of infection or illness from poor hygiene.

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Helpful Advice

Before you start, make sure that everything you need is within your reach. Never leave your baby alone, even for a second, on any high surface.

It’s important to change the diaper after each bowel movement and whenever it is wet. Wet and dirty diapers will irritate your baby’s skin and may cause a diaper rash.

Lay your baby down on his back and unfasten the dirty diaper. Roll it toward your baby and take it off. Ask your health care provider about suggestions on whether to use commercial wipes. You can also use a soft paper towel or cloth.

Do not use powder because the particles get blown into the air, and the baby can breathe in the powder particles, which can damage the baby’s lungs.

Diapering Baby Girls

  • Separate the labia (inner vaginal lips).
  • Wash with a mild soap and water, wiping from front to back. Use a clean cloth each time you wipe.
  • Rinse with plain water and pat dry.
  • Your baby girl may have clear mucus-like discharge and you may see a small amount of blood on a wet diaper. This is because of mother’s hormones and is normal.