Essential New Born Care

The early stages in your new born’s life are some of the most important. To help you along the way we’ve narrowed down their essential new born care needs into these 4 categories:

Skin

Baby’s new born skin is delicate and sensitive so it needs extra care. Even mild stimuli can cause redness and itching on their fragile skin.

Make sure you keep your baby’s skin clean throughout the day. You can do this by using a warm cloth or sensitive baby wipes to remove any dirt. In fact, that will be enough for most of the time; you only need to bath your new born baby 2-3 times a week for them to be clean. Regularly cleaning their face, hands and bottom with baby wipes or a warm, moist cloth will be plenty.

New born skin is very susceptible to dryness, so you must keep it moisturised every day. Use a moisturiser that’s nourishing and gentle enough for sensitive baby skin, look for ones without alcohol and harsh chemicals.

Nappy rashes and prickly heat are also quite common with new born babies. They usually appear in the nappy area, around the neck, chest, under the arms and in other hidden skin folds. It is easily treated; nappy creams usually clear up the rash in a few days. Creams with Zinc Oxide are especially good at soothing redness and irritation. If the rash persists after using creams, consult a doctor for further treatment.

 

Ears

Ears have the power to self-clean, so the inside doesn’t need much care. Using either a warm cloth or a soft cotton swab, gently cleaning the outside of the ear will be enough to keep them free from germs. If you try to clean the inside with a swab you can sometimes make the problem worse.

 

Nails

Cutting the nails is very important for the baby. Long nails can be very harmful as they might scratch themselves so they need to be constantly maintained. The safest way to do this is when the baby is sleeping, they won’t wriggle so it’s easier for you to cut the nails and there’s less danger of you cutting the skin.

 

Umbilical Cord

After giving birth the umbilical cord is cut at 2-3cm from the baby’s navel. It will drop off itself and become the belly button but until then it needs to be kept clean and free from infection.

The average time it takes for the umbilical cord to drop off is one week but it can be anytime between 5-15 days. The stump will shrivel up and change from a yellowish-green colour to a brown or black and it should naturally fall off, don’t try and pull it.

To speed up the process of it dropping off, it needs to be kept clean and dry.

  • Wash your hands before and after changing the nappy
  • Dress the baby in loose clothing to help let air get to the stump
  • Give your baby a bath. This will not stop the cord getting dry; it’s to help keep it clean. Use a mild bath milk or cleanser and wipe the baby with a warm, moist cloth.
  • Pat dry and wait until the stump is fully dry before putting the nappy on. Also if you fold down the top of the nappy then air access is increased and it avoids friction and irritation.
  • Wipe the cord with a cotton pad dipped in sterilised water or alcohol
  • It might seem like a good idea but don’t use antiseptic, it can prolong the process of the stump falling off.

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  1. Dr Aletor says:

    Dear Cussons, thanks for providing lovely baby care products and for your tips on child care. Babies need to be bathed at least twice daily, in the morning and before bedtime to keep them clean. A plain moisturiser can then be used .

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