How to prevent the babies from getting cold when bathing them By Kathy Lam Lai King

Below  are the tips to prevent the babies from getting cold during bathing. Make sure you and your helper follow:

 

 

  • In winter: close all the windows in the room where you are going to bath the babies /kids and help them to change clothes.

  • All the things for baby bath must be prepared well and put properly in the right place before preparing the water for bathing. If it is your helper’s first time to be domestic helper, you should make a checklist of baby bath  for your helper, so she may prepare and organize the things well.

  • Keep the room warm and bath water comfortably warm but not hot. If you regulate the room temperature, set it at 25-26º C.

  • If you have a bath thermometer, warm the water to about 36-38 º C.  No matter you use bath thermometer or not, you MUST check the water temperature before bathing the baby.  Immerse your elbow in the water. If your elbow feel that the water is warm enough, it means the water is suitable for bathing a baby.

  • When everything is prepared, check the diaper before removing baby's clothes. After removing baby's clothes, bath baby immediately.

  • Limit the time of baby bath. From removing all baby's clothes to wrapping the baby with dry towel after bathing : should finish within 5-10 minutes only. Bathing baby for over 10 minutes may increase the risk of the baby to get cold.

  • If you want your helper to use an electric heater when bathing your baby, make sure the heater is safe to use.  It is the employer's responsibility to teach the helper clearly where the heater should be put, how to use it, precautions when using it, when should the heater be turned it on/off. If you don’t know, ASK your employer.