Babies have an extremely sensitive immune system and are a lot more susceptible to picking up germs adults and older children are immune to.
It is therefore imperative that you consistently adopt a clean and hygienic environment for your baby. Here are five essential baby hygiene rules.
1. Wash your hands
Use an anti-bacterial soap and wash your hands with it regularly, particularly before preparing food, feeding your baby, changing baby’s nappy or going to the toilet yourself. Anti-bacterial soaps will kill all the germs on your hands that could lead to your baby developing a cough, cold, diarrhoea and other infections.
2. Bath your baby
It may sound obvious but it is important that you bath your baby regularly to keep her clean. Whilst excessive washing is not advised as it may dry out your baby’s sensitive skin, in the first 12 months of your little one’s life health experts advise a baby to be bathed two or three times a week.
3. Disinfect your home
Whilst there is no need to go overboard with the disinfectant, to eliminate germs, it is important to regularly disinfect the home, particularly surfaces which are prone to gathering bacteria, such as bathrooms, kitchen surfaces, door handles and dining tables.
4. Clean toys
As your little one explores the world around him, he will insist on putting things in his mouth. It is therefore vital that you regularly clean and disinfect the objects that your baby touches and plays with, such as toys.
5. Clean baby’s ears, nose and eyes
Cleaning your bay’s ears daily will help reduce the risk of him contracting an ear infection. Always just clean the outside of your baby’s ear instead of the inside and never use ear buds, as they could harm your little one’s ears.
A baby’s nose also needs to be washed regularly with a damp cloth to remove any dried mucous that may gather around his nostrils, to ensure that he can breathe easily.
To help reduce the chances of your baby getting an eye infection, clean his eyes regularly with a damp cloth to remove any dried mucous.