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.

When can my baby start drinking Rooibos tea?

When can my baby start drinking rooibos tea

Rooibos tea contains no caffeine, no tannins and no calories. It also has a naturally sweet taste, making it a popular drink for babies - but when can you start giving it to your little one?

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When can my baby start drinking rooibos tea

Rooibos tea contains no caffeine, no tannins and no calories. It also has a naturally sweet taste, making it a popular drink for babies - but when can you start giving it to your little one?

The post When can my baby start drinking Rooibos tea? appeared first on Living and Loving written by Christine Klynhans .

When can my baby start drinking rooibos tea

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months of age. Babies who are not breastfeeding should receive only formula milk for this period. After 6 months solids can be gradually introduced, and your baby can start drinking sips of water. Most websites writing about Rooibos will recommend starting to give your baby Rooibos tea now. Although small amounts will not cause harm, there is no nutritional reason to do so, and many moms choose to start closer to one year.

Rooibos tea contains no caffeine, no tannins and no calories. It also has a naturally sweet taste, making it a popular drink for babies. The truth is though that it also contains no nutrients like protein, carbohydrates and fats.  Although it makes a nice add-on drink for babies it should not in any way be used to replace breast milk or formula in a baby’s diet.

Although some websites proclaim Rooibos is safe to give from birth, no guidelines anywhere support giving babies any other fluids besides milk in the first 4 months of life.

Even older babies should preferably not have more than a cup of Rooibos tea a day, and it should be given in addition to their milk, not as a replacement.

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Can I use any Rooibos tea or does it have to be the one for babies?

Although there are many different products, many of them claiming to be for babies, all Rooibos teas come from the same plant. It is always good to use organic products, as these should be free from pesticides and insecticides.

Many of the baby Rooibos teas are flavoured, and from a health viewpoint this is actually not ideal. By offering children flavoured food and drinks we end up teaching them to prefer sweetened and flavoured things later in life as well. Rooibos has a pretty sweet taste on its own. Babies won’t miss any flavours if they don’t know that it is there.

Should I sweeten my baby’s tea?

No. If a little one starts drinking Rooibos tea unsweetened he will not miss any sweeteners. Adding honey or juice significantly increases the calorie content of the tea, and makes it harmful for their teeth as well.

Rooibos in your first-aid kit

You can give a cup of Rooibos tea to anyone in the family who are experiencing digestive discomfort. Some sources recommend small amounts of Rooibos tea for babies with colic as well. However, there is no evidence supporting this and you should rather speak to your clinic sister or doctor to help you find solutions for colic and cramps.

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One area where Rooibos is used with quite a lot of success is to treat skin rashes and irritations. Try these tips:

  • Add a strong cup of Rooibos tea to baby’s bath water.
  • Dab Rooibos tea directly onto an affected area.
  • If your baby struggles with dry and irritable skin you should be using an emollient lotion. Take a Rooibos teabag, wet it with hot water and leave it in the pot of lotion to infuse overnight. Remove the teabag and use the lotion as always.
  • You can also dunk a teabag in boiling water, leave it to cool and apply it directly to a severely affected area on baby’s skin.

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