For many new parents, it’s a headache to bathe their babies, especially those under one year old. Some babies cry when they see the water, even wriggle around to try their best to stay away from the bathtub. In this article, we will talk about the operation essentials of bathing for babies under 6 months.
Birth – 6 months
In the mother’s eyes, there is nothing more gratifying to her mother than to see the baby lying on the soft towel. But there are often young mothers who have trouble bathing their babies. In fact, as long as the seemingly complex bath process is broken down into clear parts, the baby’s bath problem will be solved.
Baby’s skin is generally dry, and their dry skin scalp will also have dry, flaky skin fragments. It’s nothing to do with dandruff. Mom doesn’t have to be nervous. Some babies have a thick layer of brown on their scalp, which is called “cradle hat”. It’s going to fade and mom doesn’t have to clean it up. If the cradle cap is too thick, the mother wants to clean it. She must consult the pediatrician’s advice, and then use special shampoo or vegetable oil to clean it. Pay attention to prevent the infection of the baby’s scalp. Facial cleansing
Babies don’t need to bathe every day – three times a week is enough. The whole body cleaning from head to foot can keep the important organs of the baby clean. As his immune system is growing, wash your baby’s face with warm water and use a small towel or softer gauze. Before the baby can eat solid food, his face will not be very dirty. Sometimes, when feeding the baby with a milk bottle, the milk will overflow from the baby’s mouth and flow to the small neck. Wipe the milk on the baby’s chin and neck in time. Baby’s head and neck are prone to perspiration, pay attention to clean with water to avoid the appearance of prickly heat. When the baby is a few weeks old, he may have a small red rash on his nose and cheek, which is mostly caused by drinking milk. Mother doesn’t need to worry about it. It doesn’t hurt the baby, and it will subside in a few days to a few weeks.
The functions of various organs of the newborn baby are growing. The instant reflex of the baby’s eyes and the secretion function of lacrimal gland are also gradually mature. When bathing the baby, it is necessary to avoid using bath fluid and shampoo for the baby. In fact, it’s best to bathe your newborn baby with water.
When cleaning the area around your baby’s eyes, use a gauze ball dipped in warm water to gently press. Note that two eyes are wiped with different gauze to prevent eye diseases from infecting each other, such as trachoma or conjunctivitis.
Pay attention to small ears
The baby’s small ears can be cleaned automatically. Mother should never use cotton stick to clean the inside of the small ears. After washing the baby’s face, gently press the water mark on the ear with dry gauze.
Baby will also have small earwax, which is normal. If the mother sees the liquid flowing out of her baby’s ears, she must take her baby to the hospital in time, which may be the symptom of infection and inflammation.
A newborn baby may have long nails, so a mother should trim her nails to avoid scratching herself. It is better to use the special round nail clipper and the special baby manicure knife to trim the baby’s nails. Mothers can also try to use their teeth to carefully bite off their baby’s nails instead of trimming them. If the baby is constantly shaking his arms, try singing songs to stabilize the baby’s mood, or while he is asleep. It’s a good time to trim your baby’s nails after bathing. You know, warm water makes your baby’s nails soft.
Teeth and gingiva cleaning
The baby’s teeth are about six months old, when the mother can clean the baby’s teeth every two days, but if the baby doesn’t like it, don’t force him. The tools for cleaning baby’s teeth can be a special baby toothbrush, cleaned adult fingers and a thin, soft little gauze, or a little baby toothpaste. Pay attention to cleaning the baby’s gums to ensure that every tooth is healthy. When cleaning the baby’s teeth, you can also let the baby play with another baby’s toothbrush, and let the baby know the necessity of brushing from childhood.
Male babies don’t have to clean their foreskin before half a year old, because it’s only about four years old that foreskin and penis grow together completely. Turning the soft foreskin too early can damage your baby’s genitals. Similarly, the mother should not wash the outside of the female baby’s genitals too early, so as not to break the baby’s soft skin. The baby’s genitals have the ability of automatic cleaning.
Prevent diaper eczema
Pay attention to regular inspection and replacement of baby diapers to keep baby’s buttocks dry and clean. If cotton diapers are used, do not use detergent chemicals when cleaning. Every time you clean your baby’s buttocks with diapers, don’t change them immediately. Wait for your baby’s buttocks to dry automatically. Zinc based diaper creams, castor oil and Calendula balm all help relieve baby’s diaper eczema. When nursing your baby’s small ass, avoid using soap or other cleaning products containing alcohol and essence.
It’s worth noting that when a baby has a fever or is unhappy, he will resist taking a bath. I hope mothers can observe more! If you want to know more about what health habits children need to cultivate, you can log in to Baibai safety net, more details are waiting for you!