So some hospitals are beginning to wait hours after a baby is born before giving it the first bath. So why is that?
Doctors suggest that there are benefits to not bathing a baby soon after it is born. See key benefits they outlined below;
Babies are born covered in a white substance known as vernix caseosa, which largely consists of skin cells that were produced and then shed during the child’s early development in the womb. This waxy, cheeselike substance contains proteins that, if not washed off immediately, may help fight bacteria that can be transmitted during delivery. The “wait-to-bathe” policy may be a natural way to prevent blood infections, pneumonia and other nasty bugs.
And that’s not all, experts say. An immediate bath can stress the baby, causing an abnormal drop in blood sugar and body temperature. Moreover, when the baby is immediately placed next to the mother, it may improve bonding as well as breastfeeding.
The above has resulted to a growing number of hospitals waiting for between 8 to 24 hours before giving the new born baby a first bath.