Frequent question: Why can’t you give a newborn a bath?

When can I start giving my newborn a bath?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends delaying baby’s first bath until 24 hours after birth—or waiting at least 6 hours if a full day isn’t possible for cultural reasons.

Can I put lotion on my newborn?

Using Lotion on Newborns

Using a moisturizing lotion on your newborn is okay and safe to use in place of baby oil unless otherwise directed by your pediatrician. Do keep in mind the type of lotion that you’re using. Use a lotion that has been formulated with a baby’s sensitive nature in mind.

How soon can baby take a bath after umbilical cord falls off?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends sticking to sponge baths for the first week or two until the umbilical cord stump falls off and the belly button heals. Choose a time of day when your baby is awake and a place that is comfortable for you and safe for your baby.

Do I need to do anything when the umbilical cord falls off?

Normal cords don’t need any special treatment. Just keep them dry (called natural drying). Reason: Cords need to dry up, before they will fall off. As they dry up, cords normally change color.

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Should I wash my baby’s face everyday?

You don’t need to bathe your baby every day, but you should wash their face, neck, hands and bottom carefully every day. This is often called ‘topping and tailing’. Choose a time when your baby is awake and content. Make sure the room is warm.

Should I use diaper cream at every change?

When a rash does appear in the diaper area, it can be helpful to use a white barrier cream or ointment with zinc oxide to coat your baby’s bottom. The more intense the rash, the higher the percentage of zinc oxide is often needed. … It’s important to do this during every diaper change.

Should I change a poopy diaper if baby is sleeping?

If you do hear—or smell—a poop, you’ll want to change them soon, but not necessarily immediately. A breastfed baby’s poop isn’t very irritating to the skin, so if they are sleeping soundly and you think they’re going to be up soon anyway, you can safely put it off for a little while, says Mochoruk.

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