How can I avoid infection for my child at home?

Sometimes, you just want to hear it from the people who've been there too. That’s why we’ve asked parents with similar experiences to share their stories, tips and advice.

Want to make sure you’re reducing infection risk for your child while at home? Have a look at what other parents say below.

Handwashing

Washing your hands regularly with soap and hot water is one of the best ways to avoid infection, so make sure everyone in the house remembers how important it is.

“It may sound like common sense but educate all members of the household on the importance of handwashing (especially young children who might ‘forget’).”

Anti-bac is your friend

Antibacterial hand sanitiser is an easy way of making sure hands are disinfected and can be placed all over the house as a reminder.

Hand gel. Lots of it. Some at every sink, dining room table, by the bed and by the front door for visitors.

Be clear with visitors

Make sure your friends and families know what to be aware of so they don’t pass on infections to your child when they’re visiting.

We put a sign up on the front door explaining our kid had cancer, and three things any visitors could help. Wash hands (well), take care and generally steer clear if ill.

Get your food prep right

When you’re preparing your food, you can avoid any cross-contamination by using specific chopping boards for different foods.

“Be extra vigilant with food prep. Invest in a set of coloured chopping boards and use them for different prep (e.g. green for veg, red for raw meat etc.).”

Change towels and bedding regularly

Changing towels and bedding on a regular basis and making sure your child doesn’t share them with others reduces the risk of any infections being passed on.

Make sure your child has their own bathroom towels which only they use and change them daily.

We’ve asked parents to share their tips and advice from their own experiences and what they’ve found helpful. But if you are worried about reducing the risk of infections at home, make sure you speak to your treatment team who will be able to give you more advice and guidance.

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