Bathing: Until the naval (and circumcision) is healed, wash the baby with a mild soap (such
as Dove or Neutrogena) by sponging. After the navel and circumcision are healed the baby can
have tub bath.
Face: Wash with plain water and a soft cloth and no soap.
Eyes: To clean the eyes, use cotton balls dipped in cooled, boiled water.
Nose and Ears: Cleanse only the outer areas with a moist, not wet, cotton-tipped applicator.
Do not attempt to cleanse the inside of either nose or ears.
Mouth: Do not cleanse.
Head: The baby’s head should be lathered gently. Work from front to back to keep soap out of
his/her eyes. Be careful of the soft spots, but give them a good soaping.
Body: Be sure to wash in the creases, and rinse well.
Skin Protection: Avoid using baby oil. If the skin is dry, you can apply a small amount of non-
perfumed baby lotion (Mennen’s Baby Magic or Johnson’s’ Baby Lotion) sparingly to the dry
areas. Do not use powder.
Keep it clean and dry. Alcohol can be applied to the base of the cord with a cotton ball or pad
three times a day. This should be continued until the cord falls off, usually within 1-2 week
after birth. There will be a little bleeding as the cord detaches. Keep the diaper folded away
from the cord. If a foul odor or redness around the cord area develops, call the office.
Vaseline or Bacitracin ointment and gauze should be applied to the circumcision at every
diaper change. The circumcision often looks red and raw in the first days, but heals rapidly,
within the first few weeks of life. A small amount of yellow drainage is common, but if there is
increased pus or bleeding, call the office.
STOOLS AND HYGEINE
Stools: Your baby may have a bowel movement after each feeding or may have one or two
stools a day. Some babies may go 48 hours or longer without a stool and be normal. Your
baby may strain when he/she has a stool, but unless the stool is hard and pellet-like, this is
perfectly normal. Although sto