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.

Are you wondering if it’s implantation bleeding or your period?

Is it implantation bleeding or your period?

You’re waiting eagerly to take a pregnancy test when you notice some spotting. You’re confused, because you’ve also been experiencing pregnancy symptoms. By Thobeka Phanyeko

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Is it implantation bleeding or your period?

You’re waiting eagerly to take a pregnancy test when you notice some spotting. You’re confused, because you’ve also been experiencing pregnancy symptoms. By Thobeka Phanyeko

The post Are you wondering if it’s implantation bleeding or your period? appeared first on Living and Loving.

Is it implantation bleeding or your period?

Pregnancy symptoms are different for every woman and often mimic the imminent arrival of your period. Bleeding can also be an early sign of pregnancy; this is referred to as implantation bleeding, which is rare but does cause uncertainty when it happens. Midwifery consultant and researcher Dr Diana du Plessis sheds some light.  

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What is implantation?

Implantation is when the fertilised egg implants on the inner lining of the uterus (womb).

What’s the difference between implantation bleeding and a normal period?

A normal period normally lasts five to seven days.  This occurs when fertilisation did not occur and the inner lining of the uterus, which prepared itself for the implantation of the fertilised egg, is shed. Contrary to belief – and myth – menstruation is not “dirty blood”, it’s merely a spongy type of tissue that is disposed of by the body.

How can I tell if it’s implantation bleeding?

The implantation bleeding is a bit of spotting and does not look like menstruation in any way. It can last a day or two, but is never accompanied by heavy bleeding, pain or discomfort. If the bleeding becomes heavier, and pain occurs, a miscarriage may happen.  However, when a pregnant woman has sex, she might have a bit of spotting too.

How long can I expect implantation bleeding to last?

In a normal cycle, the inner lining of the uterus will prepare itself for receiving the fertilised egg. Ovulation is where the ovaries shed an egg into the Fallopian tube. This will occur about 14 days after the previous menstrual cycle has ended.

Could implantation bleeding point to something more serious like a miscarriage?

There is no link between implantation bleeding and a miscarriage. It’s important to understand what’s happening to your body.

When the sperm fertilises the egg, it changes from a single cell to multiple cells. It has a little opening in the middle that helps the multiplied cells to drift into the uterus. It is now called a blastocyst.

ALSO SEE: 7 ways to reduce your risk of a miscarriage

Within a 28 day cycle, how long does it take for implantation to happen after intercourse?

It takes about 10 days for the blastocyst (fertilised egg) to drift into the uterus and implant itself. When it lands on the prepared inner lining of the uterus, it embeds itself to develop into the foetus.

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