Tending to your Newborn’s Hygiene to keep your little one safe
There's little need to stress the importance and benefit of good hygiene for your baby's health. All it takes is a little bit of common sense and a few important measures.
Wash your hands
As a rule of thumb, always wash your hands before touching your newborn. Since their immune system would still be underdeveloped, any contact might put them at the risk of contracting a disease or infection.
Disinfect your hands with the usage of Dettol hand soap for a thorough hand wash, especially before breastfeeding and after changing diapers. This should guard your little one against germs.
Ensure the hygiene of others
Even when it comes to family members, friends, the nurse or nanny aiding you around the house, it is important to ensure that anyone who holds or touches your baby washes their hands with Dettol Antibacterial Hand Wash before doing so.
Water alone presents no effective protection against germs, particularly on the five main occasions of breakfast, lunch, dinner, post-bathroom visit, and while showering. The sensible method is to use an antibacterial product that sanitizes hands and kills germs such as Dettol hand sanitizer and Dettol handwash.
Washing hands is particularly important in the following cases:
• If your baby is premature
• During the first week of your baby's life, while the umbilical cord is still attached
• When you return home after being outside
• After cleaning your baby when changing their diaper
• Every time you use the bathroom
Your newborn's diaper needs to be changed every time it is soiled. The sooner you get to it, the better you'll be able to avoid diaper-induced skin rashes and infections.
Do not leave your newborn alone with or around pets. Make sure they have no access to your baby’s crib. Do not let pets lick their face. If any visitor plays with your pets, make sure they wash their hands thoroughly before touching your baby.
Avoid exposing your baby to large numbers of people, at least until they are 6 weeks old. This will limit the risk of contracting illnesses and infections.
Sterilising their bottle
As soon as you can after each use, clean the baby’s bottles along with any other equipment used in preparation, to get rid of all traces of milk or formula left inside the bottles. However, to ensure that the feeding equipment is completely germ-free, you will also need to sterilize it to kill any harmful germs that may be clinging to surfaces of the bottles and other equipment.
Dettol Professionals also recommend cleaning any surfaces the bottle is prepared on with a disinfectant solution, such as Dettol Antiseptic Liquid**, or Dettol Healthy Kitchen Power Cleaner Trigger Spray if prepared in the kitchen.
*For external use only.
**Avoid contact with eyes.
Liquid Hand Wash Soap
Protects against everyday germs including those that can cause Skin infections Respiratory infections (Influenza) Gastroenteritis (such as Salmonella and Escherichia Coli)