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meet the experts

Colin A. Michie
MA.FRCPCH.FLS Consultant
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Dr Sarah Brewer
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Dr Chris Steele
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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: How can I tell if the water temperature is alright? I'm terrified of burning my baby but don't want him to get too cold, either.

A: Getting the water temperature right for a baby is a common worry. The traditional way is to test the water with your elbow or the inside of your wrist. It should feel fairly neutral - neither too hot nor too cold. The ideal temperature is between 29 - 32 degrees C and you can buy a bath thermometer to make sure the bath water is just right. Water toys are also available that turn colour if the water is too hot. As an added precaution to make sure the water doesn't get too hot, make sure the thermostat on your water heater is not set too high. It is also advisable to run the cold water first then top up the bath with hot water to reach the right temperature. Finally, let cold water run through the tap briefly so the metal is cool to touch.

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