Mom Has No Plans to Bathe or Clean Baby for ‘At Least’ a Month After Birth
Mar 17th, 2023
In a recent controversial video on TikTok, a new mom revealed that she did not give her newborn baby a bath immediately after birth. The video has sparked a heated debate among parents and healthcare professionals about the importance of newborn hygiene.
The mom, who goes by the username @mama_mila_, shared in the video that she followed the advice of her midwife and waited for a few days before giving her newborn a bath. She explained that the vernix, a white, waxy substance that covers a baby’s skin, is actually beneficial and helps protect the baby from bacteria and other harmful substances.
The video has since gone viral, garnering over 6 million views and sparking a heated debate among parents and healthcare professionals. While some applauded the mom for following her midwife’s advice and respecting the natural process of childbirth, others criticized her for neglecting the hygiene of her newborn.
Dr. Sara Siddiqui, a pediatrician, explained that vernix does have antibacterial properties and can help protect a baby’s skin. However, she also emphasized the importance of good hygiene practices to prevent infections.
“It’s important to remember that while vernix can be beneficial, it’s not a substitute for proper hygiene practices,” Dr. Siddiqui said. “Newborns are vulnerable to infections, and it’s important to keep them clean and dry to prevent the spread of bacteria.”
Many healthcare professionals also recommend waiting to give a baby a bath for at least 24 hours after birth to allow the baby’s natural skin barrier to fully develop. However, they also recommend wiping down the baby with a damp cloth to remove any excess blood or fluids.
Despite the controversy, many parents have supported the mom’s decision and shared their own experiences of waiting to give their newborns a bath. Some even argued that modern society’s emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene has gone too far, and that allowing the baby to keep some of the vernix is natural and healthy.
The debate over newborn hygiene is likely to continue, but ultimately, parents should consult with their healthcare providers and follow their advice to ensure the health and safety of their newborns. As with all parenting decisions, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and it’s important to consider all available information and make an informed decision based on what is best for the baby.