SayPro Washing, bathing and dressing babies and toddlers

SayPro Washing, bathing and dressing babies and toddlers

You do not need to bath babies every day. Washing the face, neck, hands, and diaper area, in that order and with attention to skin folds, can be done daily. Try to make bath time a relaxed, playful experience for your baby. Smile, make eye contact, sing, and talk with your baby.

General Tips for Bathing

  • To prevent burns, keep the temperature of your hot water tank
    below 49° C.
  • Have the room warm, about 22 to 27°C (72 to 80°F).
  • Remove jewellery that could scratch the baby.
  • Wash your hands.
  • A baby can have a bath in the sink, a basin, a baby bathtub, or in a bathtub with an adult.
  • Lay out a towel next to the sink, basin, or tub to lay the baby on after the bath.
  • Bath water should be lukewarm. Check the temperature on your wrist or elbow.
  • Have everything within easy reach before you start.
  • Always keep at least one hand on the baby.
  • Using oils in the bath can make the baby slippery. Apply any oils you may want to use after the bath.
  • When washing, think cleanest to dirtiest. Wash the eyes and face first and the diaper area last.

Eyes and Face

  • Wash the face using warm water only. Soap is not needed on this area.
  • Wipe eyes from the inner corner to the outer corner.
  • Do not use cotton tipped applicators in the baby’s ears, nose, or eyes as they can harm the delicate tissues.
  • Use a soft washcloth, and only clean the outer part of the ear. Don’t dig into the ear canal.
  • Wipe the baby’s gums with a soft clean cloth every day.

Scalp and Hair

  • You can use a mild soap or baby shampoo. Lather up and rinse well with clear water.
  • A baby’s scalp is normally mildly scaly. If the scalp is crusty you can rub in a small amount of non-perfumed oil and then wash it off. Oil left on the scalp can cause a buildup of oil and skin known as cradle cap.
Never leave a baby or toddler alone in the bath. Supervise young children when they are washing and dressing. Make sure that you use gentle and the right soap and cream when bathing and dressing your child.

Drying

After you have bathed a baby, place the baby on the towel and pat her or him dry, being sure to remember the skin folds. The baby will cool down quickly when wet. Have clothes ready to dress the baby.

Always wash your hands before feeding a baby.

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