When it comes to taking care of your baby, there are so many things you take care of. You start with worrying about their nutrition and growth milestones, and then their sleep schedules. One of the most important elements of baby care is ensuring hygiene so that your baby stays safe from microbes that cause infections and illnesses.
Here are some important hygiene tips you should keep in mind:
Trim Nails Regularly
Cutting your baby’s nails can seem like a tricky affair since their fingers and toes are so tiny. They also tend to wriggle their hands and legs a lot. But it’s important to trim the nails so that your baby does not ingest the dirt that tends to accumulate. Hold the hand or foot firmly and ask your partner to help you hold the baby while cutting nails.
Eyes, Ears and Nose
- Your baby’s eyes are very delicate but cleaning around the eyes is important to help avoid eye infections. Be gentle when you clean the baby’s eyes. You can use a soft damp cloth to wipe the skin around your baby’s eyes.
- Never insert anything into your baby’s ears. You can use a q-tip but only to clean the outer part of the ears. Instead, use a soft cloth to wipe the outer surface of the ears. Your baby’s inner ear is very delicate and is naturally kept clean with the help of the ear wax.
- Be very careful when you are cleaning your little one’s nose. You may use a soft damp cloth to gently clean up the dried up mucus deposit around the nose. After wiping, make sure to moisturize the skin on the nose to avoid dryness or redness.
The dampness of the diaper is one of the most common causes of skin infections and rashes. It is important to keep your baby’s skin clean and dry to avoid these.
- Change diapers frequently to avoid wetness – every few hours, check to make sure that the diaper is not wet. Especially during the early months, your baby will go through 8-10 wet nappies every day.
- To keep skin clean and rash-free, wipe the skin with a soft cotton washcloth or with gentle cleansing wipes.
- Make sure to change your baby into a fresh diaper before bedtime and one in the morning as soon as they wake up.
- Always keep your hands clean while handling your baby.
- Keep hand sanitizer close to your baby’s crib or diaper change station so that you can immediately keep your hands clean.
- Make sure to wash (not just sanitize) your hands with an antibacterial soap before feeding them or preparing their food.
- If a relative or friend asks if they can hold your baby, politely request them to wash their hands first.
Along with following these hygiene rules, make sure you stick to your baby’s vaccination schedule. This way, you can make sure that your baby stays healthy and safe with a strong immune system.