Every mother, after being discharged from the hospital, is faced with the fact that she needs to bathe her baby. And what about young mothers who gave birth for the first time. They have many questions about how to properly bathe a child, and if they cannot get accurate answers, then they panic and begin to be afraid to do something wrong. It is just that, not only does the young mother have no experience, they also write one thing in magazines, grandmothers advise another, and a pediatrician comes and explains everything completely differently. How not to get confused? We will try to tell and refute the most common myths associated with bathing a child.
The child may choke. In fact, even the most inexperienced mothers will intuitively feel whether they are holding the child in the water correctly, whether it is convenient for him there, etc. worth it. He lived in water for 9 months and for the first few months of his life he still retains the instinct of holding his breath.
Dad can't handle bathing the baby. It is not true. Many dads do a great job of bathing, and some do it even better than moms. They spend the whole day at work and in the evening they gladly take on this responsibility.
The child needs to be bathed daily. Of course, there is some truth in this statement. For example, if it is summer outside and the newborn sweats a lot, then it is better to bathe him every day. But if there is no reason for daily bathing, then it is enough to bathe the child 2-3 times a week. And in winter, when the apartment is very cold and there is no way to heat the room with a heater, then one bath a week will be enough.
The baby needs to be bathed in the evening. This is not true. There is no perfect time to swim. The main thing to pay attention to is that the child does not have an empty or full stomach before bathing and that he is in a good mood. If you bathe a baby with an empty stomach, then he will cry because of hunger, and if he is full, then he will experience discomfort in the stomach. Most likely, this myth arose because after bathing, little children sleep more soundly than usual. Therefore, parents try to bathe their children in the evening, so that they give them a restful sleep at night.
Check the water temperature with your elbow. Doing this is strictly prohibited. Such advice is usually given by grandmothers who tested the water in this way, either because they did not have a thermometer, or because of lack of time. Before bathing, the water temperature should only be checked with a thermometer. The baby's skin is very delicate, and if you make a mistake by 2-3 degrees, 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 a young mother will be hot, and if her grandmother checks it, she will seem a little cool to her.
The child should be washed only with baby soap. It is not true. Even soap with moisturizing ingredients will still dry the delicate skin of the crumbs. Now in our market there are a lot of products for bathing newborns, the main task of which is to cleanse the baby's skin, while maintaining its moisture. It can be either gel or bath foam. But when choosing these funds, it is recommended to pay attention to the indication of the age from which this remedy can be used and buy it in small bottles until you find the one that will best suit your child.
A child can be poisoned if the bathing foam gets in the mouth. There is some truth in this statement. If you are using an unknown bathing product of questionable quality, there is, albeit a minimal, risk of poisoning. However, a quality product for bathing a baby is harmless if it gets into the mouth, and also does not irritate the mucous membranes of the eyes.
A child under one year old needs to wash his hair every day. This is not true. If your baby has thick hair or is sweating, then wash your hair as a final procedure every time you bathe. In other cases, the head should be washed 1-2 times a week, but no more.
To bathe your baby you need a foam sponge. On the contrary, bacteria accumulate very quickly in foam sponges, and if you use them, you need to buy a new one every week. In principle, up to 4 months of age, four children can and should be washed only by hand. And then it is better to get a soft cotton mitten. It is also more pleasant for the skin, and bacteria will not settle in it.
Newborns should not take medicated baths. Here, both an affirmative and negative answer are possible. It all depends on what is planned to be used as a remedy. For example, it is useful for babies with urticaria to take baths with the addition of a decoction of a series; for excitable babies, it is recommended to take baths with sea salt or pine extract. In general, all natural herbal remedies can be used. But adding concentrated essential oils to the bath is strictly prohibited.