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Your baby will need to get used to a new environment when he or she comes home from the unit and this may take some time. This is also true for you and your partner. Try to limit the number of visitor until you are feeling settled and comfortable.

It is important to avoid contact with people who have respiratory viruses or other contagious illnesses, to reduce the risks of infection for you and your baby.

It's also important to remember that babies who have been in special care can have fragile lungs and fall ill very easily. If your baby comes home to a house where people smoke regularly, their health can be quite seriously affected, even if they are not in the room where someone is smoking. Smoking also increases the risk of cot death.

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