Oct 3, 2010

It's bath time baby!

It's a moment of affection and care, after all, the baby can enjoy a lot of contact with the mother or father, and can be very enjoyable stay cleanly and much fragrant.
Some cares must be followed for the bathHygiene plays a crucial component of a baby's overall care. Practicing a good hygiene is extremely important to keep your baby happy and healthy all the time.
Apart from the basic cleanliness, there are certain areas that require special attention to avoid any kind of infection. Learn how to follow a good hygiene to keep your baby jolly and healthy all the time.

A good bath is necessary to keep the baby clean and tidy. But make sure you are not over-bathing your baby. Bathing the baby 2 or 3 times a week is sufficient in the first year. Excessive bathing can lead the skin to go dry and chip. In places where time is always too hot, the baby may suffer more from sweating and need more bath 3 or 4 times with plenty of water.

Sponge Bath

  • It is advised to go for sponge bathing your baby till the time the navel area gets completely healed.
  • Position the baby on a surface that is not hard (spread a soft towel), in a warm room.
  • Arrange for a warm water, a cloth or towel wet and gentle baby soap . Make sure all these things are easily accessible.
  • One of your hands should all the time be on the baby.
  • Expose only that area of baby's body which is to be washed, keeping the rest of the body covered by a towel.
  • Do not use soap on baby's face. use only water. And wash rest of the body using mildly soapy water.

Bathing The Baby

  • Arrange for a tub, towel, warm water (to measuring temperature use the elbow or wrist, about 37 degrees Celsius is ideal), mild soap, soft cloth and baby shampoo.
  • Make sure all these things are ready before undoing the baby's clothes.
  • Liner the tub with a clean and soft towel.
  • Fill in approximately 2,5 liters(5 or 6 cm) of warm water.
  • No wash with soap baby's face, only the body with a soft wash cloth. In the hair, make sure that shampoo does not enter in baby's eyes . It is essential to shampoo baby's hair once or twice in a week.
  • Wrap the baby completely in a soft and clean towel immediately after the bath.


  • Baby's nails are an important part that requires proper hygiene.
  • Always keep baby's nails well trimmed so that he/she cannot scratch himself/herself.
  • The ideal time to trim your baby's nails is when he/she is in sleep.
  • Do not cut the nails too deep, it can hurt the baby.
  • Baby -sized nail clippers or scissors can be used to clip the nails.


  • Mother's must pay special attention towards the baby's ears.
  • Make sure you are washing only and strictly the outer ear and not the inside of the ear.
  • Never use a cotton bud or swab to clean baby's ear as it can lead to damage of eardrum leading to permanent deafness.
  • If your baby shows symptoms like fever, irritability and again and again touches his/her ear , it is possible the baby might have an ear infection. Take him to the pediatrician immediately.

Proper cleaning of baby's nose is also essential part of the over all cleanliness of the baby.

  • Look out for dried mucus collected in the nose, this can sometimes create problem for the baby to breathe.
  • Use a damp wash cloth to gently clean any dried mucus in the nostrils.(Stop if the baby is feeling irritated and upset.)
  • a nasal syringe can be of great help to remove excess mucus from a co
  • Use a nasal syringe to remove excess mucus from a runny or engorged , to avoid any kind of breathing problem.

Umbilical Cord
This an important part of the baby and it requires extra special care and cleanliness, until it falls off, which happens normally in a few weeks after birth.

  • Make sure that you clean the cord, every time you change the diaper. This will keep the cord dry and will prevent any kind of infection.
  • Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the area around the cord.
  • Make sure that the cord does not get inside the diaper and get soaked in urine. To avoid this keep baby's diaper folded below the naval area.
  • Any kind of pus or redness near the base of the cord, should be reported to the doctor.
  • Make it a point to visit the doctor if your child cries on touching the chord.
  • Mother's should be aware of the fact that a little redness and a little amount of discharge is an indication of normal healing.

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