September 13, 2006
Health Tip: Bathing Your Baby
Suggestions to keep her safe
(HealthDay News) -- While bath time can be fun and relaxing for your newborn, you should be more concerned with keeping her safe in the tub. Here are a few suggestions, courtesy of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University:
- Newborns don't need a bath every day. Every other day is fine, as long as your baby is properly cleaned up after feedings and diaper changes.
- Your newborn will need a sponge bath at first -- don't submerge her in water until the umbilical cord has fallen off.
- Use a bath thermometer to be sure the water is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use a bath sponge or nonslip pad at the bottom of the sink or tub to keep your baby from slipping or sliding around in the water.
- Keep your hand on the baby at all times, and never leave her unattended.