With the advent of the baby in the family comes not only joy, but also responsibility to care for him. One of them is bathing.
Note the main points that you need to pay attention to for the procedure of bathing to become pleasant for the baby and mom:
- you can bathe the child on the first day, once you return to home (if vaccination against tuberculosis is made the day before), or the next day (if the vaccination is done on the day of discharge). It is advisable to do this at the same time of the day-always before feeding.
- the first bathing lasts 2-3 minutes, then you can prolong it to 10-15 minutes until the water cools down.
- bathing the baby should be done daily. This should be done not only for hygienic reasons, but also for hardening. In addition, water procedures are very useful for the nervous system of the baby.
- after healing of the umbilical wound you can add into the water for bathing decoctions of tickseed, bay leaf, celandine, camomile. You can use ready-made products for bathing.
- to bathe the child in a large bath can be done no sooner than he learns to sit. Put on the bottom of the bath a non-slip mat, and pour water to the waist level of the sitting baby.
The Preparation of the Child for Bathing
- A child is bathed in a boiling water until the umbilical wound is healed (usually at the age of 18-22 days), so water should be boiled it in advance, so that it gradually cools down to 38 °C.
- The room where you'll bathe, must be warm (temperature of 22-24 °C), draught-free, convenient for you to come to bath from all sides.
- You should prepare in advance the clothes you'll put on the the baby after bathing.
- In addition, you need: -1.5-2 liter jar for swilling, soft towel, baby soap or shampoo, cotton wool, baby oil, baby powder; iodine and 3 % hydrogen peroxide solution to treat the umbilical wound, solution of potassium permanganate.
How to Properly Bathe a Baby?
It is more comfortable to bathe the baby together. Prepare the room for bathing, put a small bathtub, pour water in it (water temperature should be 38-39 °C), add a few drops of a solution of potassium permanganate for the to water to become pale pink. You should pour water in the tub to the level of approximately 15 cm, so that the head, shoulders and chest of a lying in it baby remain dry. Next prepare a jar with clean water (water temperature approx. 36 °C).
Undress the baby and taking him in your arms, gently put in water. With your left hand keep his head and back up (you can use special supports available on the market), with your right hand lather his head, shoulders, then arms, legs, genitals, turn the baby on his stomach, lather his back. Then swill the baby with water from the back, and at the end of the bathing from the front. Now remove the baby from the bath, wrap him up in soft terry towel and take him where you have already prepared the diapers and care items.
Wipe the baby with dampened movements starting with the head, be sure to thoroughly wet all the folds. Then, soaking the cotton in oil, carefully treat the folds in the neck, armpits, and groin areas.
After this treat the umbilical wound. Using a pipette, drip (2-3 drops) of hydrogen peroxide into the umbilical wound. Excess of liquid should be removed with a cotton swab. With the same pipette drip one drop of iodine into the umbilical wound. Once the iodine has dried up, you can dress your baby. That's it! Now you can feed your baby.
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