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Caring for children 

Children tend to get many colds and other infections that are dangerous to you until your immune system fully recovers. Each family is different, so talk with your doctor about a plan that works for you and your family. Things to think about:

  • Arrange for alternative child care options. If kids are sick, or you are too tired, you might need help taking care of them while you're recovering.
  • If possible, don't have your kids attend day care. Children often expose one another to illnesses that they could bring home to you.
  • Talk to your child’s doctor about their immunization schedule. Your child should not get live vaccines while your immune system is weak.

Caring for pets

Talk with your doctor if you have pets at home. Your doctor may recommend that you find a temporary home for your pet. Sometimes indoor pets you had before transplant are OK at home during your recovery. However, some pets may need to find a new home while you recover. You should also avoid contact with barnyard animals such as horses. If you have pets, here are some simple precautions:

  • Don't clean up after your pet's waste—don't change a litter box, pick up a dog's waste, or clean a bird's cage
  • Don't sleep with your pet
  • Don't get any new pets while you recover, and stay away from other people's pets
  • Wash your hands after touching your pets

Caring for your house

During your recovery, you will have to rely on others for help around the house. Some chores can increase your risk of getting an infection. Tasks you should avoid include:

  • Yard work, gardening, mowing the grass, and raking leaves
  • Caring for plants and any task that involves contact with indoor plants or potting soil
  • Carpentry or home repair projects
  • Chores that involve exposure to dust such as dusting or barn work
  • Tasks that expose you to crowds such as grocery shopping or errands

Each person's situation is unique. Your doctor and health care team can help you come up with a plan for managing your care at home based on your overall health and living situation.