Visiting restrictions in place at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Even a simple cold can be dangerous to hospitalized children — or adults, for that matter.

Because of the increase in respiratory illness seen in the community, Phoenix Children’s Hospital has implemented restrictions on young visitors effective Friday, December 30.

Respiratory viruses are the leading cause of lower respiratory tract disease in young children and the leading cause of death among low-birth-weight babies.

Read more on Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV

Anyone with nasal congestion, a fever, labored breathing, coughing, or other signs of illness should refrain from visiting hospital patients.

Is it a cold or the flu?

While the restrictions are in place at Phoenix Children’s, child visitors must be at least 12 years old to visit patients. The restrictions apply to all patient care areas.

All visitors must be free from respiratory symptoms. Restrictions on visits by young children during cold and flu season are typical at most Valley hospitals; check with any medical center before you go.

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