Bathing babies/infants

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Here are some things to consider doing.
Some items may not be applicable to you.

Before putting a baby or infant in the bath:

  • Put a telephone close to the bath tub - so you won't be tempted to leave the baby or infant alone in the tub if the phone rings
  • Check the temperature of the water

After putting him/her in the bath:

  • Don't leave him/her alone, e.g., don't answer door - if you leave even for a few seconds, you may become distracted by something and not return until well after he/she has drowned

While bathing

  • Don't wash/scrub skin too thoroughly - your skin needs to retain some oils and bacteria for protection against diseases(!?)

After bathing

  • Dry feet well, especially between toes - to help prevent foot diseases

Thanks for reading!