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.

Netcare reinstates stricter maternity hospital policies amidst second wave of COVID-19

Netcare maternity hospital update

If you’re due to give birth soon here’s everything you need to know about the new stricter maternity protocols and NICU visiting rules.

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Netcare maternity hospital update

If you’re due to give birth soon here’s everything you need to know about the new stricter maternity protocols and NICU visiting rules.

The post Netcare reinstates stricter maternity hospital policies amidst second wave of COVID-19 appeared first on Living and Loving written by Xanet Scheepers .

Netcare maternity hospital update

“The high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Eastern Cape, the Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng has unfortunately increased the risk of COVID-19 across our country and has necessitated the countrywide reinstatement of policies and procedures that where put in place during the first surge earlier in 2020,” says Dr Richard Friedland, chief executive officer of Netcare.

He outlines the new policies and procedures that are now once again in place at Netcare hospitals:

Visitation arrangements and elective surgery

Netcare hospitals are restricting visiting to exceptional cases only. In addition, they are limiting all surgical admissions to cases that are deemed medically necessary and where a delay in surgery could be harmful to the patient.

The following exceptions will be allowed:

Nursery and NICU:

Only one parent at a time is allowed to visit newborns in the nursery or NICU (i.e. either the mother visits for the duration of the nursery or NICU admission, or the father visits for the duration of the nursery admission).

This is on condition that the person(s) visiting presents proof of either previous COIVD-19 infection or current negative status (PCR or antigen test result) and accepts that very strict infection prevention controls will be put in place to minimise the risks to their child or another patient.

Paediatrics

Only one parent at a time is permitted to live in with an admitted child. This parent is required to present proof of either previous COIVD-19 infection or current negative status (PCR or antigen test result) upon admission of the child, and if not available will undergo a COVID-19 antigen test at admission. Intermittent testing during the stay may be required as locally determined.

The parent is also required to accept that very strict infection prevention controls will be put in place to minimise the risks to their child or another patient.

Birth

Birthing partners will be allowed to attend the delivery and stay with the mother until she is transferred to her room or ward. No rooming in will be allowed for birthing partners. The partner is required to present proof of negative COVID-19 status (PCR or antigen test) or will have to undergo an antigen test upon arrival for the birth. Only partners with negative COVID-19 status can proceed to accompany the mother and strict infection prevention controls will be put in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to their child or another patient.

“Netcare and all of our hospitals continue to monitor the situation very closely in order to provide the appropriate care for each patient according to the severity of their condition. The level of treatment required is monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure the most effective use and deployment of resources for optimal patient care,” says Dr Friedland.

“We are maintaining an abundance of caution approach and strict COVID-19 precautionary measures remain in place at all Netcare Group facilities, with visiting to patients being restricted where deemed necessary in hotspot areas, for the safety of both patients and healthcare workers,” he adds.

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