Bathing your baby is a big project. One bath, the whole family. In fact, children like water by nature. If they master the right way to bathe their babies, they will also love bathing. However, mothers should do a good job in preparing for children’s bath, and remember the precautions!
Preparation before bathing
The first thing to do is to prepare all the articles needed for bathing. For example, disinfect the umbilical cord (before the umbilical cord of the newborn is dropped), pre changed baby bags, clothes, diapers, small towels, large bath towels, bathtubs, cold water, hot water, baby powder, etc. At the same time, check your fingernails to avoid scratching your children, and then wash your hands with soap.
It is better to keep the room temperature between 26 ℃ and 28 ℃, and the water temperature between 37 ℃ and 42 ℃. Pour cold water into the basin first, then heat the water, and then try with your wrist or elbow to make the water temperature just right.
It’s worth noting that when bathing, you should avoid the frontal blow of gust to prevent cold sickness. Bathing time should be arranged 1-2 hours after feeding the baby, otherwise it is easy to cause vomiting.
◆ precautions for children when bathing
1. Bath time should not be too long
Because children’s skin is thinner and more delicate than adults, bathing every day can make children clean, but if children are immersed in water for a long time, their skin will easily lose water, which may cause children’s skin dry. Especially for the children whose skin is dry, it may make the skin dehydrate easily, aggravate the skin dryness, even peeling. At the same time, if the bath time for children is too long, it will make the skin’s outermost cuticle absorb water and become soft, reducing the skin’s resistance.
2. Bath for children without Bath Gel
There is a layer of sebum on the surface of children’s skin, which plays an important role in keeping warm, preventing infection and external stimulation, which can not be replaced by any refined oil. Because children’s skin is easy to absorb foreign substances, for the same amount of chemicals in bath products, children’s skin absorption is more than that of adults, and the reaction to allergic substances or toxic substances is much stronger. And many bath gels are alkaline. If you use a strong irritant bath gel or soap to scrub your body, it will remove this layer of sebum and reduce your defense ability. Long term use may also cause children to become skin sensitive when they grow up.
3. Bathing does not need to be too frequent
Some parents are afraid that their children are too hot, so they need to bathe them several times a day. For children under half a year old, there is basically no activity, they can wash 1-2 times a week, and increase the number of times in summer; for children over one year old, they can wash 2-3 times a week, and they can wash once a day in summer.
4. Control the indoor temperature
The most suitable room temperature for bathing children is 24-28 degrees. If you open the doors and windows, it is difficult to control the temperature. Children’s resistance is originally worse than that of adults, their immune system is not yet developed, and their thermoregulatory function is poor. If children can not be given a suitable room temperature for bathing, children are easy to catch cold. In order to control the temperature of the room well, it is not suitable to open doors and windows when bathing children. Or some mothers will worry that not opening doors and windows will suffocate children. In fact, children’s time is not suitable to be too long. It’s better to control it within 10 minutes, so even if the doors and windows are closed to bathe children, there is no problem.
5. Make sufficient preparation and move gently and swiftly
The defense function of children’s skin is not perfect. The skin is delicate and rich in subcutaneous blood vessels. It is easy to be damaged due to slight external force. If the nursing is not proper, it will often cause children’s skin wrinkle and infection. Therefore, bathing children should be gentle and agile.
6. From the neck
First from the neck to test the temperature, can give children a slow adaptation process, to avoid overcooling or overheating.
Also, before the umbilical cord stump of children does not fall off, it is better to separate the upper and lower body to prevent soiling the umbilical part. First wash the neck and upper limbs, then wash the front chest, abdomen, back and lower limbs, and finally wash the vulva and buttocks of children. Wash the front of neck, armpit, groin, fingers and toes. If the order is reversed, it may cause unnecessary infection in children.
7. Wash children with hands
The baby’s neck has no strength and can’t sit on its own, so it’s not suitable to put it into the tub when bathing, and special attention should be paid to prevent slipping and falling injury, drowning, umbilical cord and outer ear canal from entering water. So we should hold the baby with our hands, give the baby a safe environment to bathe, and pay attention to the water not flowing into the ears and eyes.
After the bath, hold the baby by hand and take him out of the bathtub. The baby’s body is very slippery and should be held tightly. Wrap and hug with a large towel, let the towel dry his body, and pay special attention to keep the skin wrinkle dry.
Mothers should help children to enjoy the fun of bathing, so that children do not bathe in quarrels or crying. Let bathing no longer be a headache for mom. The common sense about what health habits children need to cultivate is still in the process of updating. Please continue to pay attention to this website!