What is too much and what is too little when it comes to child hygiene? How often should you bathe your newborn baby?
As parents, the day will come when the children no longer want to jump into the bathtub beaming with joy. What was once a hotly acclaimed event for the little ones has become an annoying minor matter that only disturbs the playing, romping and rubbish. But do you actually have to bathe or shower children every day or is it enough if you bathe them once a week?
The parents’ opinions tend to differ. While some claim that it is good to get children used to hygiene and routine at an early age, others say that daily showering or bathing is absolutely not necessary and can be more damaging to children’s skin.
Cat wash is sufficient
Pediatricians recommend that very young children who cannot yet crawl or walk are not particularly susceptible to “getting dirty” – so you can bathe the children, but you don’t have to. Much better for the little one’s skin to clean it with a washcloth and warm water. Pediatricians recommend that very young children who cannot yet crawl or walk are not particularly susceptible to “getting dirty” – so you can bathe the children, but you don’t have to. Much better for that skin the little one is to clean them with a washcloth and warm water.
When the babies become toddlers and they are more active, they should not be bathed more than 3 times a week. Bathing too often can dry out the skin. Even at this age, the “cat wash” is sufficient and you can still sell them bathing as a little highlight.
Not more than 2 times a week
Even children between 6 and 11 years of age – surprisingly – in theory do not have to bathe more than twice a week. Of course, sweat and chemicals should be washed off the body after exercising or bathing in chlorinated water. But in general, dirt per se is not harmful to children. On the contrary, the child’s body benefits to a certain extent from bacteria and germs.
If at some point children have become real teenagers and the hormones mess up your mood and body, then you should switch to daily showering or bathing – for the family blessing and the well-being of those around you.
How do you feel about the baths for your children?
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