Baby bathing is one of the most enjoyable and vital steps of parenting. Bathing overactive new born often poses some difficulties to a new mother in the initial weeks, but that can be overcome slowly with patience and care.
In fact, bathing your baby also helps in strengthening the bonding between the mother and the child, as in breastfeeding. It is very important to maintain basic safety rules regularly while giving your baby a sponge bath or bathing her in a tub.
Lots of complications and fatal incidents are reported every year in US due to negligence of the parents. It is totally wrong to label the parents as uncaring and careless, but many untoward incidents do occur due to lack of awareness.
Any accident can occur out of a moment’s distraction leaving you utterly perplexed. It is important to follow the safety rules strictly to make baby bathing an enjoyable event of the day.
Few safety tips for baby bathing:
Select a safe and cozy corner for baby bathing and avoid drafty places. Make sure that your newborn does not catch cold from external exposure. Never forget to check the temperature of the bathing water before applying it on the soft and tender skin of the baby.
Temperature of the water beyond tolerance limits may cause blisters on your baby. Keep the essentials of baby bathing like wash clothes, towels, baby clothing, nappies, soap and shampoo at hand before starting bathing your baby. Avoid running here and there for these things leaving the baby unattended.
Take care that water does not seep into the umbilical stump of the new born while giving a sponge bath. That area should be kept dry to prevent infections, which may turn out to be very risky at times.
Water should not enter the ears of the baby while sponge bathing or bathing in tub. This may lead to serious complications causing damage to the ear drum. Bathing water should not enter the mouth of the babies as unclean water may result in stomach infections.
Always select bath tubs, bath seats and bath rings of proper size to enable a comfortable bathing session for your baby. Check the fastening system of the bath seat so that your baby does not slip into the bathing water in the tub or sink. Baby drowning cases are often heard due to faulty bath seats.
Make sure that the suction cups provided with bath seats and bath rings fit properly to the tub. It is advisable to place the bath seats on non- slippery surfaces to prevent accidental slipping of the baby. See that your baby remains fastened to the bath seat properly while applying soap and shampoo.
Some babies behave restlessly after applying soap and shampoo increasing the chances of slipping down. Check the material and manufacturer of the baby bath tubs, seats and rings. Bath tubs and rings made of toxic plastics should be strictly avoided as these plastics contain carcinogens. Select government approved or reputed brands of baby bathing equipments made of non toxic materials.