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8. Principles and Procedures for an Infant Tub Bath

This procedure must also be used when bathing older babies.

a. Obtain the necessary items.

1) Determine the place of the bath (e.g., infant tub, sink, bathtub).   2) Use mild soap to prevent skin irritation.   3) Obtain two towels, one large enough to completely wrap the baby.   4) You will need one washcloth.   5) Be sure you have ointment as specified by your doctor for circumcision care. b. Wash the area where the baby will be bathed (tub, sink, etc.). If using the tub or sink, place a small towel in the bottom to prevent the baby from slipping.

c. Take the phone off the hook and replace after the bath unless another family member is present and able to accept phone calls.

d. Fill the bath with warm water, testing its temperature with your elbow.

e. Hold the infant in the cradle position and immerse in the warm bath.

f. Wash each part of the infant's body and rinse with plenty of water. Never turn the faucets on while the infant is in the bath. Do not use soap on the face.

g. Wash the infant's head, using a gentle circular motion to help prevent cradle cap. Hold the head back so that soap and rinsing water will not get into the eyes.

h. Wrap the infant in a towel and dry very carefully, paying special attention to the areas in objective 7 above, sections a through c.

i. Dress the infant and lay him or her in a safe place on the abdomen or side with the head turned to the side. Keep warm.

j. Straighten up the bath area, wring out any wet towels thoroughly, and dry as appropriate.

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