Why does my child have this sign on the door?
Your child has been placed in Droplet Precautions (isolation). Isolation is needed to prevent the spread of your child’s illness to other patients, visitors, and staff members.
How does this illness spread?
Germs that are in droplets spread the illness your child has or may have. Infection can occur when droplets travel a short distance (3 feet) and land on someone’s nose, eyes, and mouth. Droplets are “made” during activities such as talking, sneezing, coughing, and during some medical tests. These germs are too big to travel long distances in the air.
Examples of some illness that need droplet precautions
- Strep throat
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
- German Measles (rubella)
- Flu (Influenza)
- Certain types of meningitis
- Mycoplasma pneumonia
How do we follow droplet precautions?
- All visitors (except for parents/guardians) and staff members need to wear a mask when within 3 feet of your child. The mask must be worn properly to work well.
- Your child will most likely be placed in a private room.
- Parents/guardians who have the same symptoms as their child should wear a mask outside the room to keep other visitors and staff members from getting sick. Other visitors who are sick will not be permitted to visit. Discourage family and friends from bringing young children to visit.
- Toys should not be shared with other patients. A staff member will clean and disinfect the toy before giving it to another patient.
- Equipment should not be used on other patients until it has been cleaned with disinfectant.
- Your child’s door may remain open since the germs are not spread through the air.
- Your child may need to wear a mask if going to another area of the hospital.
What else may we do to help keep this illness from spreading?
One of the most important things is to make sure that everyone uses alcohol hand rub or washes their hands before and after visiting. The alcohol hand rub kills germs and washing with soap and water removes germs. Both are great ways to stop infections from spreading.
Since your child has an illness that can easily spread to others, your child needs to stay in the room until the illness does not have a chance of spreading to others. Even though your child must stay in the room, arrangements can be made to bring certain toys and books in for your child to use.
How long does my child have to stay in droplet precautions?
The time your child stays in isolation depends on what type of illness your child has. Most illnesses only need the precautions until the illness is gone. For children with certain illness, the precautions may be needed for a long period. Please feel free to ask your doctor or nurse about this.
This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.