Bathing Babies (cont.)
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What Type of Bath Is Best for a Baby?
A sponge bath is recommended until the umbilical cord has fallen off (a couple of weeks, more or less). A baby should not be submerged in water because it increases the time for the umbilical cord to fall off. Instead, use a washcloth or sponge to keep the baby clean.
A baby is ready for a tub bath (or in a portable tub or sink) as soon as the umbilical cord stump has dried up and fallen off. If the circumcision was done with a ring (plastibell) allow for the ring to fall off, too, before tub baths. A circumcision will heal during the week following the procedure and generally before the umbilical cord has fallen off. Sponge bathing during the healing process is not an issue.
Health and Safety During Bath Time
Bathing supplies may include these items.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/30/2015
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