NEWBORN HYGIENE

Note

  • Small babies need specially careful attention
  • Wash hands before and after baby care
CATEGORY CARE
Eye care
  • Explain to mother to seek care if eyes
    drain pus, and not to apply anything into
    the eyes
Cord care
  • Wash hands before and after cord care
  • Put chlorhexidine gel daily (if not
    available put nothing) for 7 days

    • Keep stump loosely covered with clean
      clothes
    • Fold nappy below the stump
    • If stump soiled, wash with clean water
      and soap, dry completely with clean
      cloth
    • Do not bandage the stump or abdomen
    • Do not apply anything else to the stump
    • Avoid touching the stump unnecessarily


    If umbilicus red or draining pus or blood

    • Examine the baby and manage accordingly
General baby
care hygiene
  • Wash the face, neck, and under arms
    daily
  • Wash the buttocks when soiled and dry
    completely

    • Use cloth on baby’s bottom to collect
      stool
    • Dispose as for sanitary towels/pads and
      wash hands
  • Bathe when necessary using warm
    water

    • Ensure room is warm with no cold
      breezes
    • Dry completely, then dress and cover
      the baby