• Gabrielle Machado

Delaying The Bath

Updated: Feb 20, 2019

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Newborns are usually washed in hospital soon after birth, but here’s why you may want to wait: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • It interferes with the most crucial 90 mins of skin-to-skin mom and baby should have ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • This allows baby to work on stabilizing their temperatures, limiting stress. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • The study done by Boston Medical Center in 2010 found that delaying a newborn bath was associated with a significant increase in exclusive breastfeeding rates. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • The many many benefits of vernix— according to research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the vernix contains antimicrobial proteins that are active against group B strep, E. Coli and other common perinatal pathogens. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So now the question, how long should you wait? ⠀⠀ ⠀- The World Health Organization advises to wait at least 24 hours (for future questions, yes, this does mean to hold off on having a water birth if you want to not immediately wash off the vernix). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tip: use a gentle warm washcloth to wipe babies eyes, face, head or hair.


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