Optimum water temperature for bathing a newborn baby
Bathing a baby is not only and not just a hygienic procedure. It gives the child pleasure and psychological comfort, a small but useful physical load, helps to establish contact with the mother and the surrounding world, and also strengthens health and temperes. But this is the case if the temperature of the water suits the baby perfectly. What should be the optimal water temperature for bathing a newborn baby, let’s understand.
The skin of a newborn baby is very thin and tender so far, and the thermoregulation is only formed, so children easily freeze and overheat. Even an adult can become ill after overheating in a too hot bath, and babies even more so. But if we can get out of the bath or adjust the water temperature, then the child can not say about it, nor can he correct the situation. In addition, hot water helps to open the pores on the baby’s skin and get there infection: the children’s skin is the ideal gateway for getting diseases into the body, because immunity, like thermoregulation, is not yet formed in the child. ( read: Newborn skin and proper care for it)
Too cold water is not much better. If the child is cold, there will be no pleasure from bathing. And it’s a risk for the urinary system: if it stiffens, urination will be painful.
What should be the optimal temperature for bathing the smallest. Both pediatricians and mothers agree in one opinion: not more than 37 degrees, but not below 34. For adults this water may seem cold, but the fact is that the child is accustomed to such water before birth: amniotic fluid has a temperature of 37 degrees, and it was in these conditions that the child developed before his birth. The water temperature above 38 can lead to rapid heartbeat and overheating of the baby. Too cold water with unaccustomed use can scare the baby and permanently repel him of any desire to swim and the child may begin to fear the bathroom. Important: What to do if the child is afraid to swim in the bathroom.
Water of this temperature will prevent the penetration of infections and is useful for children’s skin. In addition, the umbilical wound in a child heals faster with water at 37 degrees.
It is important to know. While the umbilical wound has not healed, the baby needs to be bathed in boiled water. Swim in the flow can be from 10-14 days of life. By this time, the umbilical wound leaves.
Do not be afraid that the water will cool quickly and the baby will freeze, because the first bathing lasts no more than 10-15 minutes. Even if the water cools down by one or two degrees during this time, it will not be critical.