7 Baby Hygiene Myths That Wrong…

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Belief 1: Immediately after the birth of the child, you should not touch it – first you need to wash, disinfect and swaddle it

Reality. It’s a delusion. The neonatologist immediately examines the newborn, quickly clears his airways (nose, mouth), the baby screams – he takes his first breath, he is placed on his mother’s stomach. Skin-to-skin contact is the prevention of nosocomial infections, as the baby will receive the flora of his mother. Mom is warm – no additional warming of the baby is required. This is the first acquaintance and a sea of ​​positive emotions after such a strong stress as childbirth. Often the baby is immediately applied to the breast, because the first drops of colostrum are the most valuable. They contain secretory immunoglobulins – the best defenders of the baby’s immunity.
Unfortunately, sometimes this cannot be done if the health of the baby or mother is in danger and emergency resuscitation measures need to be taken.

Belief 2: A father should not be in labor if he is not sterile

Reality. Here I would clarify the expression “not sterile”. If a woman wants a joint birth, then the person who will be present at the birth (future father of the child, friend of the woman in labor, relative) must go through the necessary list of examinations and provide them along with an exchange card upon admission to the maternity hospital. You just need to know in advance the rules of the maternity hospital where the birth is planned. The rules for staying at a joint birth in different maternity hospitals may differ.

Belief 3: so that the baby does not get sick with anything when bathing, potassium permanganate should be added to the water.

Reality. That’s what our parents did. Perhaps these measures were justified then, since tap water left much to be desired, many lived in communal apartments, where there was a lot of crowding. The whole family bathed in the same bathtub or tub. This is completely wrong – the method was used to prevent infection of the umbilical wound (omphalitis).

This is currently not required. It is enough that a separate bath is purchased for the baby. It is made from hygienic materials. Simply wash it well with a neutral detergent before first use and rinse well under running water. The manganese solution is not as harmless as it seems. It can provoke an allergic reaction, dry out the delicate skin of a baby. Most importantly – make sure that the baby does not choke when bathing! Here’s what you should always keep under control!

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