How to Wash Newborn HairOn July 14, 2020 by windycitymama86
At different stages, mothers have different shampooing skills for children to encourage their children to enjoy bathing.
Children 0 – 3 months old
At this stage, babies are quite weak and can not sit on the sink or stand to bathe. Especially children from 0 to 3 months of age, the neck is not hard, so the shampoo for children need to be careful and accurate to avoid falling children, neck fatigue, water in the eyes, ears …
The best way to wash your baby’s mother is to hold the baby’s armpits in her armpits, then use one hand to support her back and the neck, and the other to wash her hair. Or you can put the baby on his legs (for children from 6 months onwards), one hand on the back of the neck and one hand shampoo. Or, let your baby lie on her side in the bathtub and use a soft cloth to wipe the baby’s head.
At this stage, the mother does not really need to wash the baby’s hair with soap because it can cause eye damage if she is not skilled enough to handle it. You just need to use warm water, use a soft towel and wipe the baby’s head.
Time to wash your hair: You can wash your baby every day if it’s hot, each shampoo should only last from 30 seconds – 1 minute, do not wash too long because it can make children cold. If it is cold, she only needs to wash her hair 3 times a week for children.
The period of 3 – 6 months
At this stage, the baby’s neck also begins to harden, some children can sit when sitting at 6 months of age. Children also know that they like or dislike shampooing, and if they accidentally let water run into their ears or soap into their eyes, they may upset them the next time.
So shampoo this stage need to practice smoothly and carefully to avoid your baby does not like shampooing and refuses to cooperate for the next time.
In terms of shampooing, the mother continues to let the baby’s torso clamp onto her leg or let the child lie on the bath and then use one hand to support the back, neck, and one hand to wash the baby’s head. Mother used a soft cloth to wipe the baby’s head, both sides of the baby’s ears.
If you use baby shampoo, make sure the soap is low-lathering and won’t get in your eyes and ears, even though soap doesn’t cause eye irritation. Afterwards, she used a soft cloth to soak the water and wipe off the soap until the scalp was clean.
For some brave children, the mother can use a shower to rinse the baby’s head to help wash away the soap, but do not forget to wipe the baby’s head right away with a soft, dry towel to dry the scalp.
Shampooing time: Mom should only wash hair for children from 30 seconds – 1 minute and use less soap to shampoo easier.
From 6 to 12 months of age
At this stage, the child is completely “older” compared to the previous 6 months and seems to prefer shampooing if the mother does not put water in the ears, eyes. Children will also be more naughty at this stage when shampooing, such as using a hand to beat the water, putting your head in the water … This will cause water to splash in the eyes or spill into the ears if the mother does not handle it.
Therefore, when shampooing children at this stage, mother squat and clamp her buttocks and feet on her hips, after that, she continues to use her left hand to hold her head and neck firmly because at this time, children are quite active. can rotate head continuously and easily cause water to flood into ears, eyes. On the other hand, moms use their thumbs to grip the baby’s ears to help prevent children from overflowing water when tilting their head, when washing the side of the other head, use their pinky to pinch their ears.
In addition, when washing soap for children, mothers need to choose low-lathering soap, wash quickly and use a soft towel to wipe the baby’s head. You can use the shower to pour water on your head, but be careful not to flush your forehead much as it can cause water to enter your eyes and ears.
Shampooing time: Like other stages, mothers should wash children from 30 seconds to 1 minute and wipe quickly with a soft dry towel when washing the children.
Things to keep in mind when shampooing your baby
With babies especially afraid of water, if not smart, it will be easy for water or shampoo to splash into the eyes, ears, causing discomfort and injury. So, while shampooing, you can let your baby hold a certain toy to disperse attention, reduce stress, fear.
No matter how old your child is, don’t forget to give him or her the emotional comfort at shampooing. Trying to get your baby’s body close to your lap, intimate close contact both increase the affection and reliability of the baby with the mother, and help the baby’s head slightly tilted, you will easily exercise more work. During the shampooing process, mothers should talk and soothe the baby, which increases the sense of security for the baby, reducing fear and crying.
For babies too young, it’s best to combine bathing and shampooing at the same time. On the one hand, washing your own hair will cause many troubles for parents; On the other hand, when playing with bath water, it is more interesting to wash your baby’s hair.
The temperature of your baby’s shampoo should not be too low or too high, causing discomfort, causing your baby to “refuse” the shampoo more. Ideal temperature should be 37oC – 38oC, on cold days can be 3oC – 5oC hotter days. In addition, the amount of water “spray” should not be too much because strong stimulation will make your baby even more scared, if you use a shower to wash your baby, you should adjust at a gentle water level.
Should choose a specialized shampoo for baby products, with gentle ingredients, safe, does not cause skin and eye irritation. You need to make sure to shampoo your baby’s hair, otherwise the “remnants” left behind can cause discomfort in the baby’s head and cause undesirable effects.
In the summer should wash your baby with the frequency 1-2 times / time, less winter shampoo, about 3-4 days / time. In addition, you should base on the specific situation of each baby to shampoo accordingly, can wash every day but it is best not to use shampoo every time and should not wash your baby more than 3 times / week.