Maternal & Baby Care
As our little one grows, the more he will become active. This means, we can have more time to play with him, may it be at home or under the sun. Although the more he becomes active, it is also a must for us mommies to ensure that he’s clean and dry throughout his playtime. And while giving him a bath after playtime is a must, we should also remember to keep his skin healthy and moisturised.
When is the best time to give babies a bath?
When giving babies a bath, it is important to choose a time when the parents or the caregiver is not too busy or with less chances of being interrupted. It is also a good idea to pick a time when the baby is alert and active or right after playtime.
What should a baby’s bath routine include?
A baby’s bath should include a total rinse, before and after lathering. The rinsing or the cleansing should be done with a mild wash, such as the classic Johnson’s Milk Rice Bath. And once done with the bath total rinse, his body should be dried with a soft towel to avoid any micro scratches, which can result from the friction of rubbing too hard.
When giving babies or kids’ a bath, is there a recommended water temperature? Should it be warm, lukewarm, or cold?
Water temperature should be lukewarm for babies because hot or warm water may burn their skin barrier. And if the skin barrier gets burned, it will not be good for them especially in humid weather. Cold water may cause babies to feel chilly on the onset and they might feel sick after the bath. So lukewarm water is the ideal water temperature.
In looking for a baby bath product, what should moms or parents check or look for?
Moms and parents should look for products that are mild and gentle in order to protect their children’s skin. They should look for ingredients that can provide nourishment to the baby’s skin, such as milk or milk protein. Looking for products with the right ingredients can be tricky as some protective ingredients can still be harsh on a growing toddler’s skin.
What should parents know about their kids’ skin? How is it different from adults in terms of sensitivity?
A baby’s skin is relatively thinner compared to an adult and it is still developing. It is also more sensitive and prone to damage. Hence, more nourishment and care is needed.
What skin red flags should moms watch out for in their babies?
Firstly, moms should regularly check their baby’s skin. It should be visibly clear from any dirt. Moms should also be on the lookout for any dry patches, which can be avoided by slathering lotion. Apart from this, moms should also watch out for any visible redness, scratches, or rashes – as these can be indications that the skin barrier is breached or damaged. Therefore, this means that the baby needs more skin reinforcement or nourishment to protect his skin barrier.
What tips can you give to parents to effectively teach kids to bathe properly on their own?
Parents should treat bath time and teaching it as a fun time, and should:
Effectively explain the importance of taking a bath regularly in a simple way that kids can easily understand;
Ensure that bath time is a positive experience for the kids, and not rush them to take a bath.
Assure their kids that taking a bath is not something to be afraid of, and that it’s an easy thing to do on their own.
Maximize the advantages that bathing time offers for the cognitive development of the child.