5 Tips for Bathing Your Newborn
Allison Tsai | Jan 31, 2013
Parents of a newborn may be unsure of the best bathing technique and skin care regimen for their child. Here are tips from an article published in the International Journal of Dermatology.
A baby’s first bath should be at least six hours after birth
Newborns need this time for their body temperature and cardiorespiratory status to stabilize. It’s not necessary to give your baby a bath every day, in fact, bathing every other day is best to keep their skin clean.
Support the baby’s head and neck while bathing
Submerging the rest of the body into a few inches of warm water can help the baby retain heat. Make sure the water temperature is below 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding.
Using water without products is adequate
Baby skin is sensitive and can be susceptible to irritation and infection. If you choose to use a product, make sure it is a mild, neutral-PH cleanser without dyes or fragrances. Use products sparingly and make sure to rinse it all off.
Change diapers every two to four hours
If a baby has soiled the diaper make sure to change it as soon as possible. Cleanse the area with tap water and a soft cloth. If you only have baby wipes, use one without lanolin or alcohol, and preferably hypoallergenic. Let the area air dry sometimes to protect the skin from getting irritated.