NiS is supported and advised by medical experts including GP
and TV doctor Dr Chris Steele, health journalist, medical
author and GP Dr Sarah Brewer, and consultant paediatrician
Dr Colin Michie.
Dr Sarah Brewer answers a number of commonly asked questions
Q: Can I wash my babies hair in the bath or will the shampoo affect his skin or cause nappy rash?
Young babies don't produce much hair oil so you don't need
to use a shampoo at all if you don't want to - just use water
for the first few months. Otherwise use a shampoo especially
designed for newborn babies and which is relatively unperfumed.
You can buy products that double up as a combined baby bath
and shampoo - this works out cheaper and you don't have to
worry about which product to use where. It is important to
wash a newborn baby's hair and face before puttering her in
the bath so that germs from her bottom don't reach her face,
eyes or ears. Keep your baby in her nappy and wrap her in
a warm towel. Support her on your lap while washing her hair
and gently patting it dry. Once her hair is dry again, take
off her nappy and clean her bottom with baby wipes or cotton
wool and water, THEN she is ready to be placed in the bath.
Once your baby has outgrown the baby bath and is in the family
bath, you can wash her hair while she's in the water with
no problem - try using an eye shield to stop shampoo and water
running down her face.
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