Useful Tips on Baby Hygiene

Baby hygiene is crucial in boosting the overall health and wellbeing of the baby. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 November 2019

Useful Tips on Baby Hygiene

DUBAI: Baby hygiene is crucial in boosting the overall health and wellbeing of the baby. Hygiene does not only involve the basic cleanliness but also keeping the baby away from common and harmful infections. Many health centers and baby clinics emphasize the need for moms to get the necessary baby hygiene education. This is especially done through educational seminars and paediatric visits. Through these avenues, mothers are equipped with tips on how to keep their babies clean and how to detect common baby illnesses.

Let’s take a quick look at the useful tips on baby hygiene that moms should always keep in mind.

  • Wash Your Hands

Both parents should regularly wash their hands before handling their baby. This should be done using running water and antibacterial soap. Hands are chief germ-carriers since they pick up objects, most of which are usually not clean. Using a hand sanitizer is also a good option for keeping hands germ-free. Washing hands after changing nappies, before feeding the baby, and after using the washroom are among the practices that parents should embrace to maintain baby hygiene.

  • Proper Cleaning of Eyes

With newborns, mucus build-up around eyes is common but not good for baby hygiene. Accumulation of this mucus may give you trouble while cleaning your baby. Remember that eyes are delicate organs and are to be cleaned with care.

The best way to clean your baby’s eyes is by using cotton balls and warm water, one ball for each eye. Dampen the cotton balls and clean the eyes, from the inside corner outwards. For proper baby hygiene, ensure that you clean your baby’s eyes severally in a day.

  • Clean the Nose




Cleaning can be done using warm water and a soft cloth. (Shutterstock)

Baby hygiene also involves maintaining a clean nose. You need to wipe the nostril area gently to get rid of mucus. Cleaning can be done using warm water and a soft cloth. Stuffy baby noses pose a problem for most moms. Worry not! Get a nose aspirator and nasal saline for moistening the baby’s nose. This loosens the mucus, making it easy to suction it out.

  • Keep the Ears Clean

Clean ears also contribute to baby hygiene, with keen attention to the eardrum. It is not advisable to insert cotton buds into the baby’s ears as they can damage and irritate the baby’s inner ear. For proper baby hygiene with the ears, roll a piece of cotton wool and clean the outer ear to prevent accumulation of wax. Don’t forget to wipe the region behind the ear too.

  • Umbilical Cord

For newly born babies, the umbilical cord is particularly a delicate part that needs utmost care. For proper baby hygiene, ensure that you wash your hands before handling the umbilical cord. Avoid covering the stump area with diapers and nappies to help the stump heal faster. For better baby hygiene, make sure that nappies and diapers are folded below the stump to avoid touching it.

  • Proper Cleaning of Genitals

Whether boy or girl, proper cleaning of genital is key to baby hygiene. When bathing a baby girl, use a wet cotton ball and wipe the genital area from the front backwards. For boys, ensure that you rinse the genital area with clean water. Avoid using soap for this exercise. This exercise is vital to baby hygiene as it helps prevent infections thus keeping the baby healthy.

  • Trim Your Baby’s Nails




Don’t cut the nails too short to prevent infections around the nail tips. (Shutterstock)

Babies have little fingers, and trimming the nails can prove a nervy exercise for parents. You can wait for a month to trim the nails for the first time since they are brittle and fragile. After a month, you can trim them regularly using a pair of scissors to maintain baby hygiene. Do this when the baby is calm, preferably when sleeping. Don’t cut the nails too short to prevent infections around the nail tips.

  • Washing Hair

You should avoid doing this daily but when you do it, use tear-free shampoo to massage your baby’s scalp gently to prevent hair loss. To dry the hair, use a clean towel to wipe their scalp back and forth. Ensure that you use a wide comb or a soft bristle brush to comb the baby’s hair.

  • Sanitize Your Home and Baby’s Toys

When babies start to crawl around to play, they can collect germs either from the floor or their toys. Ensure that you clean surfaces in your home using disinfected water to maintain baby hygiene. Do the same for the baby’s toys to keep them free from germs.

Baby hygiene involves many cleaning activities that must all be done with care and advised. By keeping your baby clean, you can be sure that they will stay healthy and disease-free, especially those caused by harmful microbes.

This article was first published on babyarabia.com


Baby Talk: Distraction tips for busy moms with toddlers

Distraction is a great technique for busy moms with toddlers. (Shutterstock)
Updated 23 January 2020

Baby Talk: Distraction tips for busy moms with toddlers

DUBAI: Distraction is a great technique for busy moms with toddlers. Little children are often cranky and get bored easily. This becomes a problem in situations where moms are trying to get things done!

It can also be a good way of keeping children away from dangerous objects and activities. So it’s a great option for managing your child’s behavior in many situations.

Distraction using a favorite toy

We’ve all been there is a shop when suddenly your child sees something they want and will not take no for an answer. It is wise to keep a favorite toy or Teddy bear in your hand bag and bring it out at this point.

Hold the toy up and talk to it.

If you are theatrical and look as if you are listening to the toy, your child may well suddenly get interested. You can now pretend discus your child’s behavior with the toy and listen to Teddy’s answer.

As soon as you sense boredom or a tantrum coming, play their favorite game. (Shutterstock)

Distract by changing the scene

Most parents can see trouble coming. Your child has been an angel all morning but they are starting to show signs of boredom. In this case it may well be time for a trip out. Getting coats and shoes on, and taking a walk to the park or shops may all you need to do, to avoid a tantrum.

Play a game to distract your toddler

Children of all ages love games. As soon as you sense boredom or a tantrum coming, play their favorite game. This could be as simple as hide and seek; with you hiding behind a chair or getting them to hide under the blankets. The trick is to engage their minds with something they understand and gives them attention in a new way.

Learning as a distraction

Learning is a something that children are programmed to do. Even if they never went to school or had any lessons at all your child would learn. Use this inner mechanism to engage your children. Play counting games, get them to repeat nursery rhymes or say a new word. Learning is a natural process and can often turn a potential tantrum into a positive experience.