Baby Bathing Tips
Wednesday August 26, 2009

Bathing a baby is a simple thing to do, or is it?  In todayís 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill shares some insight into this important part of a babyís skin care.

Keeping your babyís skin clean is very important.  A bath two or three times a week in the first year is sufficient.  More frequent bathing may dry the skin. You should give your baby a sponge bath until:

- the umbilical cord falls off

- the circumcision heals, and

- the naval heals completely

These are usually accomplished by 4 weeks after birth.

To give your baby a bath, you will need:

- a soft, clean washcloth

- mild, unscented baby soap and shampoo

- a soft brush to stimulate the babyís scalp

- towels or blankets

- an infant tub filled with warm - not hot Ė water

- a clean diaper, and

- clean clothes

Never leave your baby unattended while bathing.

Donít use greasy lotions or ointments.  They can cause a rash by blocking your babyís sweat glands.   Use caution when using powder.  Too much powder can be inhaled and damage the babyís lungs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.