How to give a baby a sponge bath
These are tips on how to give a baby a sponge bath.
- Make sure the room is warm ( about 75° F).
- Gather all equipments and supply in advance.
- Add warm water to a clean sink or basin. The water should be warm to the inside of your wrist or elbow.
- Place the baby on a bath cushion or thick towels on a surface that is waist high.
- Remember to keep the baby covered in a towel or blanket.
- You should NEVER take your hands off the baby, even for a moment. If you have to leave for even a second, wrap the baby in a towel and take her with you.
- Start with your baby’s face.Use one (1) moistened, clean cotton ball to wipe each eye, starting at the bridge of the nose then wiping out to the corner of the eye.
- Use a soft, moist washcloth without soap to wash the rest of your baby’s face.
- Use a soft washcloth to clean the outside folds of the ear . Do not insert a cotton swab into your baby’s ear canal due to the risk of damage to the ear drum.
- Gently bathe the rest of your baby from neck down using a small amount of soap on a washcloth. Uncover one area of the body at one time. rinse with a small cup of water or wash cloth. You need to be sure to prevent the umbilical cord from getting wet.
- Wash the baby’s head last with shampoo on a wash cloth. While rinsing , you need to be careful not to let water run over the baby’s face. Hold the baby firmly with your arm under his or her back and your wrist and support his neck with your hand.
- It is not necessary to scrub. However most babies enjoy their arms and legs being massaged with gentle strokes during a bath.
- Wrap the baby in a hooded towel.
- Follow cord care instructions given by your baby.
- Use a soft brush to comb the baby’s hair .
- It is normal for your baby to cry the first few times you bathe him. However be sure to check whether the water is not too hot or too cold or that soap hasn’t gotten into the baby’s eye.
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