We all know about the importance of practicing good hygiene habits to keep ourselves safe from many diseases, but when it comes to our kids we are all the more attentive. Whether it is a new mother of an infant, who is completely dependant on her for hygiene or mother of a super active toddler who wants to pick everything from the floor and eat or even mother of a grown up kid who goes to pre school and does many activities throughout the day we try and do our best to save them from germs and infections.
When my parenting journey started, and I came back from the hospital, I had stitches and I was not in a position to bathe my baby. Also everyone else at home was; scared of going wrong and thus from next day itself a lady who massaged and bathed my baby came. She also massaged me. In a few days time, I learned from her and started doing it myself. I was extremely happy handling my child well alone and was content doing the thing myself.
But just when we were settled with a good everyday bathing routine, my daughter fell seriously sick. She was once running a 105 degree fever and even then I bathed her with warm water thinking about her hygiene. Her condition got worse. I didn't know then that when a kid has fever or is having cold or some other severe disease like dyssentry etc bathing can be very harmful. I told the doctor how I had used warm water and taken full care that she doesn't catch cold but the doctor then suggested me that whenever the child is not in a position to go for proper bathing one can always sponge the baby. If done correctly, this technique not only helps in maintaining hygiene for the child, but also is very relaxing. A sick child after sponging feels much comfortable and even sleeps sometimes. That feeling of freshness even helps induce a little appetite.
So, here I am sharing the process of how I do it.
You can oil the hair (optional) and comb the baby’s hair.
Believe me a sick child will be relieved after this. I have extensively used this for my daughter during teething, virals, diarrhoea and many times when we were travelling where I knew if bathed she will surely catch cold.
We all usually carry baby stuff with us while travelling and even if baby can't bathe for a day or two sponging will keep them safe.
Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
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