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Children may bring their favorite toys to the hospital. The hospital staff will work with you to help reduce the risk of infection. The toys will be kept in a closed storage container while not being used. Also, all toys must be wiped with antibacterial cloths before being taken into the child's room. Stuffed animals are usually not permitted; however, we recognize that children sometimes have a strong attachment to a particular stuffed animal or blanket. Exceptions will be made for such security objects as long as they are washed at least every other day.
Visits from friends and family can help alleviate some of the isolation felt by many patients during the BMT process. A few policies help keep the balance between the good that visitors can do for a patient's emotional well-being and the potential risk associated with such visits:
Your child may not feel like eating for awhile after the conditioning therapy and stem cell infusion. In order to maintain his/her weight, nutrition may be given into the vein through your child's central venous catheter. This source of nutrition is called Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN).
To reduce the risk of infection, certain food restrictions apply while your child's immune system is suppressed.
These restrictions are typically in place for a minimum of 100 days after the transplant.
Your child's room must be kept as clean as possible to reduce the possibility of infection. Here are some important rules to follow to maintain a safe environment:
These restrictions are typically in place for a minimum of 100 days after the transplant. However, you should verify with the transplant physician before discontinuing these and other precautions.
Before your child returns home, you can take these steps to minimize infection:
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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