Each mother after discharge from the hospital is faced with the fact that she needs to bathe the baby. It’s good if you have a second or third child. And what about the young mothers who gave birth for the first time. They have many questions about how to properly bathe a child, and if they can not get accurate answers, then they panic and start to fear doing something wrong. It is so and so, not only that the young mother does not have experience, so in the journals they write one thing, the grandmothers advise the other, and the pediatrician comes and explains everything quite differently. How here not to be confused? We will try to tell and refute the most common myths associated with bathing a child.
The child may be drowned.
In fact, even the most inexperienced mothers will intuitively feel whether they hold the child properly in water, is it comfortable there, etc. If it suddenly happens that the child has slipped out, and for a second was headlong in the water, then worry not worth it. He lived 9 months in the water and for the first few months of his life he still has the instinct of holding his breath.
Daddy can not cope with the bathing of the child.
This is not true. Many fathers do an excellent job of bathing, and some do it even better than moms. They spend the whole day at work and in the evening they take such a responsibility with pleasure.
The child needs to bathe daily.
Of course, there is some truth in this statement. For example, if the summer is outdoors, and the newborn sweats a lot, then it is better to bathe every day. But if there is no reason for daily bathing, then the child should bathe 2-3 times a week. And in winter, when the apartment is very cold and there is no possibility to heat the room with a heater, one bathing per week will be enough.
The baby needs to bathe in the evening.
This is not true. Ideal time for swimming does not exist. The main thing that you need to pay attention to is that the child before bathing is not an empty or full stomach and that he is in a good mood. If you bathe the baby with an empty stomach, then he will cry because of hunger, and if with complete – he will experience unpleasant sensations in the stomach. Most likely, this myth arose because after bathing little children sleep more tightly than usual. Therefore, parents try to bathe their children in the evening so that they can sleep at night.
The temperature of the water should be checked with an elbow.
This is strictly prohibited. Such advice is usually given by grandmothers who checked the water in this way, whether from the fact that they did not have a thermometer, or from lack of time. Before bathing, the temperature of the water should only be checked with a thermometer. The skin of the baby is very tender, and if you make a mistake 2-3 degrees, then it can be burned. In addition, over the years, the skin on the elbow loses some sensitivity. And the water of the same temperature for the young mother will be hot, and if her grandmother checks it, she will seem a little cool to her.
The child should only be washed with baby soap.
This is not true. Even soap with moisturizing ingredients will still dry the delicate skin of the crumbs. Now in our market a lot of funds for bathing newborns, the main task of which is to clean the skin of the child, while retaining its moisture. It can be a gel or foam for bathing. But when choosing these funds, it is recommended to pay attention to the indication of the age from which the product can be used and buy it in small bottles, until you select the one that will best suit your child.
The child may be poisoned by the ingress of a foam for bathing in the mouth.
There is some truth in this statement. If you use an unknown means for bathing of doubtful quality, then there is, although a minimal risk of poisoning. However, a high-quality means for bathing an infant is harmless when ingested, and also does not irritate the mucous membranes of the eyes.
A child of up to a year needs to wash his head every day.
This is not true.If the baby has a thick head of hair or he sweats, then wash your head as the final procedure for every bath. In other cases, the head should be washed 1-2 times a week, but no more.
For bathing a toddler you need a foam sponge.
In contrast, in the foam sponges, bacteria accumulate very quickly, and if you use them, you have to buy a new one every week. In principle, up to 4 four children can and should be washed only with their hands. And then it’s better to buy a soft mitten made of cotton. It is more pleasant for the skin, and the bacteria in it will not settle.
Newborns should not take medicinal baths.
Both affirmative and negative answers are possible. Everything depends on what is planned to be used as a remedy. For example, babies with hives can take baths with the addition of a decoction; for excitable babies it is recommended to make baths with sea salt or pine extract. In general, you can use all natural herbal remedies. But adding concentrated essences to the bath is strictly forbidden.