Daily bathing may be unnecessary for your child. Therefore, when your baby once again puffs up his lips and starts whining: “I don’t want it!”, Think about whether you buy it too often?
Experts say that bathing children too often can lead to serious problems. Such as hypersensitivity of the skin or eczema, writes Yahoo.
Laura Jan, MD, a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAR), argues that children do not need daily baths, at least until they begin to move a lot and dig in the sandbox.
All you need to take care of is the hygiene and well-functioning immune system of the baby. Laura Jana recommends bathing a baby in a bath no more than once in 7-10 days.
But how then to achieve clean skin in a child? - ask moms.
Take a regular sponge, wet it with warm water and wipe all the folds of the baby. This method is more gentle for the delicate skin of a nursing baby.
Pediatrician David Gellar of MD BabyCenter says that even older children need to bathe in the bath only as needed and no more than once a week. The rest of the time - do with rubdowns or a light shower.
Studies show that children's skin is more delicate than in adults, therefore, it is more vulnerable to the irritants and allergens contained in soap and bathing foam. A disease like eczema usually occurs in the first five years of a child’s life, and over the past few decades there has been an increase in the prevalence of this disease in children who live in industrialized countries. And most of all, children whose skin has become too dry because of frequent bathing are prone to eczema.
If you have to bathe the baby often, you should add oil additives to the water that will help avoid skin dryness.
The American Academy of Dermatology states that children aged 6-11 must be bathed no more than 1-2 once a week.
Michael Welch from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that some of the dirt to children is even useful, it helps the immune system to develop. The body must learn to cope with any attack of microbes. And if the child is constantly sterilely clean, the probability of a weakened immunity increases.
“A little dirt can protect your children. Their immune systems are in their maturation stage. She needs to learn to fight off viruses, bacteria and germs. So treat your baby's light 'smell' as a vaccine - evil, but necessarily evil, ”says Michael Welch.
Also, the frequency of bathing depends on the air temperature outside. If it's cool outside, then 1-2 bathing a week is enough, when it's hot - then, of course, you have to bathe your baby more often. The most important recommendation - do not use bath products every day. Sometimes it is enough to rinse the child in the shower, then rub his skin with cream or oil. If the skin is very dry - you can apply talcum powder or baby powder.
What about teenagers? They just need to take a bath or go to the shower every day!
But by this age they, fortunately, already understand this themselves.