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What Steps Should I Follow When Giving My Baby A Sponge Bath
Warm room : Insure the room is not cold or drafty, use a warm moist washcloth and gently clean the baby all over. Try not to get the umbilical area wet. No soap is really necessary and every other day is fine. The hair can be washed with baby shampoo. Have a nice warm hoody towel ready for extra comfort when drying. Newborns are often upset by their bath but eventually enjoy them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bathing baby: Enjoy it this is a payday! It is important to not let the umbilical cord get wet because it could then get infected easier. So keep the Tummy up and soak water all around the body and watch the slash fun happen. No soap. Doesn't need it. Dry well and keep the baby warm. After a while you and your baby will love this special time. Relax and enjoy it. ...Read more
No: Fever is good, as it helps the body fight off infection. As long as baby looks happy and playful, you don't need to treat the fever at all. If s/he is fussy (and over 2 months), you can give Acetaminophen (tylenol). If it is bathtime and baby looks fine despite a fever, there is no reason s/he can't take a bath -- but no need to give the bath to specifically to lower the fever. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
With Supervision: Children need to be supervised at bathtime. Do not leave your child, or even turn away, to answer the door or phone. Do not make the water deep, or too hot. Avoid getting water in mouth or nose, as this may frighten your child. Avoid getting soap in the eyes as this is uncomfortable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Daily?: There is no reason to be worried about bathing. It is important part of hygiene in everyone. Bathe daily and wash the hair as well. If you would like you can do less often. ...Read more
Every few days: New babies basically only soil 2 areas, mouth & bottom. They do fine with sponging clean as needed & a bath every few days is more than enough. Frequent baths remove natural skin oils & cause flaky dry skin. Avoid using lotions that sour & leave baby smelly. They attract dust & lead to more baths than they need. ...Read more
Yes: If the water is warm enough and he is properly held in your arms. ...Read more
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