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.

Lightning crotch – the pregnancy condition you might not know about

Lightning crotch – the pregnancy condition you might not know about

Lightning crotch is the nickname given for the sudden and often sharp pain some pregnant moms experience deep in the pelvis or vaginal area during pregnancy. Is it normal? We explain what causes it and when to be concerned.

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Lightning crotch – the pregnancy condition you might not know about

Lightning crotch is the nickname given for the sudden and often sharp pain some pregnant moms experience deep in the pelvis or vaginal area during pregnancy. Is it normal? We explain what causes it and when to be concerned.

The post Lightning crotch – the pregnancy condition you might not know about appeared first on Living and Loving written by Xanet Scheepers .

Lightning crotch – the pregnancy condition you might not know about

Have you ever felt a sharp, stabbing pain in your pelvis or vagina during pregnancy? Some moms describe the feeling as “being punched in the crotch”.  It’s called lightning crotch and is caused by the pressure and the position of the baby as she descends to the birth canal for labour.

Is lightning crotch normal?

Yes, it’s normal. The pain means that you’re getting closer to delivering your baby. The bad news is that you could experience lightning crotch for weeks before you actually go into labour, says registered nurse Chaunie Brusie on Healthline.com.

Should I be concerned when I experience lighting pain?

“Most of the time it’s not serious, especially if it’s not interfering with your daily activities and it isn’t accompanied by any other symptoms,” says Chaunie.

ALSO SEE: Cramps during pregnancy – what’s normal and what’s not

When to see the doctor

If the pain is accompanied by other symptoms such as a fever, abnormal or fluid discharge or bleeding, schedule an appointment with your gynae as soon as possible.

READ: 10 pregnancy warning signs to look out for

What can I do to ease the discomfort?

Here are a few things you can do to feel comfortable during your pregnancy:

  • Regular moderate exercise (if your doctor gives you the go ahead). Staying active will help keep your joints flexible as your body takes on a heavier load from your growing baby.

ALSO SEE: Exercises to ease pregnancy pain

  • Wear a support brace. It helps to lift and support your belly to take some pressure off your hips, joints and cervix. We like the Pregnancy Pouch Maternity Belt, which has been approved by gynaecologists, biokineticists and physiotherapists.

Pregnancy Pouch Maternity Belt

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