Newborn Hygiene

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Everyday care: Hygiene
Health professionals, mothers, care givers and families should get rid of harmful traditional practices and follow appropriate guidelines.

The baby needs to be kept clean ,whether the baby be bathed daily or not .However, the face, neck, and underarms should be wiped daily. The gluteal region should be wiped whenever it gets soiled.

If the baby is being bathed, make sure that the room is warm; only lukewarm water is used to bathe; and the baby is thoroughly dried and covered with warm clothes immediately after bath. It is important to take additional precautions in case of small babies.

Mothers should be strongly discouraged against applying anything in their babies’ eyes or ears. Whenever you have any questions it is best to ask your health care provider.