Visiting guidelines

Visits to the NICU by friends and family are important; sick babies and their parents need your love and support. To help Minnesota Neonatal patients and families, visitors are asked to follow guidelines.

Visiting guidelines

When visiting the NICU, all guests are screened for illness at the welcome desk. See Children's visiting guidelines.

To help create a safe and welcoming environment in the NICU and at Children’s, all adults (16 and older) must wear a photo ID badge while in the hospital. Please stop at the Children’s Hospital and Clinics Welcome Center to receive a badge. The Welcome Center staff will provide you with a nametag, directions and introductory information about the NICU.

Health guidelines

Minnesota Neonatal Physicians follows the same guidelines as Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and all visitors must follow these special guidelines for the health and safety of all patients. If you have questions, please talk with your child’s nurse.

  • Anyone who has not had chickenpox and has had a known exposure in the past three weeks is not permitted to visit patients. If you have received the chickenpox vaccine in the last three weeks, see your child’s nurse or call the nursing station before visiting.
  • Anyone who has symptoms of a contagious illness, such as a cough, cold, vomiting, diarrhea, cold sore or rash, should not visit patients.
  • Parents who have a contagious illness should talk with their child’s nurse or doctor.

A neonatologist is available 24/7 for referral and case consultation