Pediatricians believe that especially newborns do not have to take a bath every day. Of course, you have to make sure the diaper is changed, and the area is clean, but until the baby does not start to run and get dirty, a daily bath is not necessary.
The frequency of the bath
There is no scientific or biological answer to answer the question of how often a child should wash. In the past, parents rarely washed their children, but today, the norms of society almost require that you wash your baby day by day. Many babies and toddlers, especially those who do not yet go, do not need to be cleaned with soap every day. If your baby has sensitive and dry skin, then you should wash it with a soft soap once a week. Once a few days, if the baby is not very dirty, you can keep it in the bathtub with hot water as a ritual before bed.
Causes of skin sensitivity
Many of the sensitive and irritated skin problems are aggravated by bathing habits that unintentionally dry your baby’s skin too much. If the little one stays in the water for too long and cleanses the skin with scented and aggressive soaps, then it is very likely to dry her skin and cause complications of the skin’s condition. Some of these skin conditions, such as childhood eczema, are not caused by lack of hygiene. Therefore, you do not have to insist on washing the affected areas of the skin in the case of these types of diseases, and this is because you will only dry them even more sensitive baby skin.
Tips for bathing the baby
Here are some tips that may help you if your baby has dry, sensitive skin or eczema:
- It is advisable that the water temperature be warm and not hot;
- Baths should be short, between 5 and 10 minutes;
- To avoid excessive drying of the baby’s skin uses mild soapless scents or dermatological products that do not contain soap;
- Do not let the child sit and play in the tub if the water is full of soap;
- Use soap at the end of the bath, not at first when you finish the bath;
- Rinse your baby with warm water to remove all the soap from your skin;
- Avoid using perfume creams containing coloring agents and other chemical ingredients;
- Use recommended pediatric products, oils, and white or colorless lotions and made sure none of these products contain alcohol.
For many parents, bathing is today part of the evening ritual of their children, but if the little one has sensitive skin and often notice signs of atopic dermatitis, specialists advise you to avoid taking a bath for the little one every night, if no need.