Hygiene plays a crucial component of a baby's overall care. Practicing a good hygiene is extremely important to keep your baby happy and healthy all the time.

Eight essential hygiene rules for your baby. Here are eight simple good hygiene practices to adopt when you have a baby.

  • Washing your hands with a good antibacterial soap is essential for removing harmful bacteria and germs that cause colds, flu, diarrhea and other infections. Be sure to dry your hands properly and wash your hand towels regularly. It's especially important to wash your hands before feeding your baby, after handling raw food, after changing a nappy or going to the toilet yourself, after touching pets, after touching anything dirty such as dirty nappies, rubbish or food waste.
  • You don't need to clean the house every day from top to bottom with disinfectant, you just need to pay particular attention to the surfaces that are most likely to harbour germs and bacteria. Focus on the areas that have a lot of contact with food, bodies and hands, such as bathrooms, kitchen benches, tables, crockery, cutlery and glassware. You need to be cleaning these properly. Use hot water with detergent for crockery, cutlery and glasses, while kitchens and bathrooms will need a thorough clean with a good disinfectant. Pay particular attention to taps, toilet seats, benches and door handles. Dry surfaces as well if they are not in a well-ventilated area with natural light.
  • Babies love to put things into their mouths, and toys are often the closest thing to hand. Be sure to regularly give your child's toys a clean with a good disinfectant. Wipe hard plastic toys down and make sure you rinse them thoroughly or put plush toys through the washing machine.
  • A good bath is essential for keeping your baby clean and tidy, but you need to make sure you are not over-washing as this is damaging to your baby's sensitive skin. In the first year of your baby's life a full bath is necessary only two or three times a week. Check out our step-by-step guide to bathing your baby.
  • These are three areas that need some special attention. Always keep your baby's nails well-trimmed so that they can't scratch themselves — the best time to trim them is when your baby is asleep. Be sure to use baby-sized nail clippers and not to cut the nails too short as these will hurt your baby.
  • Only wash the outside of your baby's ears, never the inside, and never insert cotton wool buds into your baby's ears. If your baby is unhappy and touching their ears repeatedly, this could be a sign of infection — be sure to get this looked at by a medical professional.
  • Clean any dried mucous from your baby's nose, as this can cause difficulty breathing. Use a damp wash cloth to gently remove the dried mucous. A nasal syringe may be needed to help remove excess mucous, but consult your baby's health practitioner before using one of these.
  • Be sure to keep your baby's eyes clear of any dried mucous. Use damp cotton wool to gently clean their eyes and seek medical attention if you notice your baby's eyes are irritated.

Everything you need to know about red diaper syndrome

Red diaper syndrome

Finding a pinkish stain on your baby’s nappy is frightening, but here’s why you don’t need to worry. By Lisa Witepski

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Red diaper syndrome

Finding a pinkish stain on your baby’s nappy is frightening, but here’s why you don’t need to worry. By Lisa Witepski

The post Everything you need to know about red diaper syndrome appeared first on Living and Loving.

Red diaper syndrome

Before you contact your paediatrician for an emergency appointment, you need to know that your baby is going to be just fine. Red diaper syndrome might be a rare, and especially frightening condition (what mom isn’t terrified at the sight of what she believes to be blood on a baby’s nappy), but it’s not actually that serious.

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What is red diaper syndrome?

Firstly, your baby is not suffering from internal bleeding. If you’re breastfeeding and red or pink stains appear on your baby’s nappies, she might have been infected by Serratia marcescens bacteria. This is an opportunistic bacteria that may be present in paediatric units  and, because your little one has no immune system to speak of as yet, it’s easy for it to take root in her tiny body. As for the pink? That comes about because of the bacteria’s pink pigment.

Is it dangerous?

No. Its results might be very disturbing to look at, but the bacteria itself is neither life-threatening, nor can it cause any harm.

Should you take your baby to the doctor?

There is no treatment for S. Marcescens infection – so, your doctor won’t be able to prescribe an antibiotic to treat the symptoms. That’s not a bad thing, though: studies on infants affected with the condition have shown that it goes away by itself, without any medical intervention. That said, it might be a good idea to see a doctor just to rule out any other possible infections or issues. Remember that the condition usually presents in breastfed babies, so you might also want to make sure that the staining hasn’t been caused by anything you’re eating. You can probably get away with a visit to your GP for this, though, rather than a considerably more expensive paed appointment.

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What else do you need to know?

Don’t stop breastfeeding! If you’re able to do it, breastfeeding is best for your baby, so there’s no need to put things on pause until the staining disappears (especially since babies can get fussy if their routines are changed). If you are pumping, make sure you clean your pump especially well; otherwise, carry on as normal.

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