Newborn Sponge Bath


 

Your newborn needs to have a sponge bath. Don’t give your baby a tub bath until the cord (navel), and a boy’s circumcision have healed. It isn’t necessary to bathe your baby every day, unless you really enjoy it. Clean the genital area at each diaper change, then sponge bathe the baby. Every other day is probably adequate in the summer and once or twice a week during winter months. 

Get together everything you need before you start the bath. Do not leave your baby alone on the changing table, counter top or tub. Even a newborn baby can move more than you realize and could fall to the floor. Plan the bath in a warm area, free of drafts, so your baby doesn’t get too cold. 

Rather than get “goose pimples”, if a newborn gets cold, his skin will become mottled or splotchy in appearance. Newborns frequently do not like the experience of the sponge bath and often cry vigorously. Don’t jump to the conclusion that you are doing anything wrong, or that you’re hurting the baby. Try putting a towel on the baby’s body, then uncover only the part you’re sponging. Cover the wet part again. This may help keep your baby warmer, and perhaps less fussy. Baby probably will be less fussy if he isn’t really hungry or overfull from just being fed. 

Items you will need for a sponge bath: 

  • Basin or sink for water
  • Mild soap
  • Warm, draft-free area (bathroom, kitchen)
  • Cotton Balls
  • Something to wrap baby in (blanket or towel)
  • Alcohol/Q-tips (cord care)
  • Wash Cloth
  • Clean change of clothes/diapers

Check the water temperature with elbow or wrist: The water should be about body temperature – too cool nor too warm. You can add warm water if needed.  

Undress Baby: Leave the diaper on, as this will prevent wet surprises. Wrap baby in a towel or blanket. 

Eyes: Dip a fresh cotton ball in the warm water, squeeze out excess water. Wipe each eye from the inside corner (next to the nose) to the outside corner. Use a clean cotton ball for each eye.  

Nose: Cleanse gently just inside nostrils. Hold baby’s head firmly. Don’t drop water inside baby’s nose. 

Ears: With a washcloth, gently wash around the outside of baby’s ear and behind the ear. Don’t clean the baby’s ear canal, and never put anything into the ear canal to clean it. 

Face: With a soft, washcloth, squeeze out excess water. Wash baby’s face and pat dry to prevent chilling. Do not use soap on the face. 

Hair: To shampoo your baby’s hair, hold your baby by placing your arm under baby’s back and your hand behind the head. Tilt the head so water will run off the back of the head instead of down the face. Squeeze water from the washcloth over the baby’s scalp. With your free hand, wash the hair and scalp with mild baby shampoo or baby liquid soap using a circular motion. To rinse, squeeze plain water from the washcloth onto the head until all the suds are gone. Babies’ heads sweat easily, so you may need to wash your baby’s hair daily, to prevent cradle cap. 

Body: Remove the diaper. Soap the rest of the body. Be careful not to get the unhealed navel or circumcision wet. Clean the folds of skin (thighs, groin) well. Squeeze plain water from the washcloth over the baby to rinse the soap off. Pat dry baby with a towel. 

Cord: Lift cord and cleanse base with alcohol saturated Q-tip or cotton ball

Pediatric Associates of Austin

Pediatricians located in Austin, TX

Situated between Tarrytown and Rosedale neighborhoods, Pediatric Associates of Austin is conveniently located in the heart of Austin, Texas. Since the practice first opened in 1974, the doctors and nurses here have treated many of the city’s children. Some of their former patients have even brought their own children to the practice, creating a family legacy at Pediatric Associates of Austin.

Board-Certified Pediatricians

All of the doctors at Pediatric Associates of Austin are board-certified pediatricians. Many of them are also fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Between all of the doctors, the team has a diverse array of specialties and experiences that help them provide excellent, comprehensive pediatric care.

The full list of doctors at the practice include:

  • Dr. Stephen Griggs
  • Dr. Samuel Mirrop
  • Dr. Lance Hargrave
  • Dr. Ashley Gonzalez
  • Dr. Brandi Loomis
  • Dr. Jessica Mowry
  • Dr. Katie Sanford

 

Highly Trained Nurse Practitioners

In addition to these doctors, the practice also has a highly qualified nurse practitioner, Emily Woodard. Emily is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Emily Woodard earned her  Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification through The University of Texas at Austin. She also sees patients at Pediatric Associates of Austin, SportsSafe Concussion. Brain. Body., and at the evening clinic, After Hours  Kids.

SportsSafe and After Hours Kids

Many of the providers at Pediatric Associates of Austin also provide care through SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. and After Hours Kids, which are both located in the same building.

SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. Provides baseline testing, concussion evaluations, and concussion education for student-athletes. After Hours Kids provides medical care for children during evenings and on weekends.

In addition to these extension programs, Pediatric Associates of Austin also has an on-site lab. This lets them expedite blood work when needed.

Care for Children of All Ages

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personal, comprehensive service including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personable, comprehensive services including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

Pediatric Associates of Austin exists to provide parents and children with excellent medical care and parenting education. We strive to be advocates for children to ensure each child’s value and to help families be successful in raising confident, capable members of our society.

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Pediatric Associates of Austin

Situated between Tarrytown and Rosedale neighborhoods, Pediatric Associates of Austin is conveniently located in the heart of Austin, Texas. Since the practice first opened in 1974, the doctors and nurses here have treated many of the city’s children. Some of their former patients have even brought their own children to the practice, creating a family legacy at Pediatric Associates of Austin.

Board-Certified Pediatricians

All of the doctors at Pediatric Associates of Austin are board-certified pediatricians. Many of them are also fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Between all of the doctors, the team has a diverse array of specialties and experiences that help them provide excellent, comprehensive pediatric care.

The full list of doctors at the practice include:

 

Highly Trained Nurse Practitioners

In addition to these doctors, the practice also has a highly qualified nurse practitioner, Emily Woodard. Emily is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Emily Woodard earned her  Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification through The University of Texas at Austin. She also sees patients at Pediatric Associates of Austin, SportsSafe Concussion. Brain. Body., and at the evening clinic, After Hours  Kids.

SportsSafe and After Hours Kids

Many of the providers at Pediatric Associates of Austin also provide care through SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. and After Hours Kids, which are both located in the same building.

SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. Provides baseline testing, concussion evaluations, and concussion education for student-athletes. After Hours Kids provides medical care for children during evenings and on weekends.

In addition to these extension programs, Pediatric Associates of Austin also has an on-site lab. This lets them expedite blood work when needed.

Care for Children of All Ages

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personal, comprehensive service including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personable, comprehensive services including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

Pediatric Associates of Austin exists to provide parents and children with excellent medical care and parenting education. We strive to be advocates for children to ensure each child’s value and to help families be successful in raising confident, capable members of our society.


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After Hours Care

AFTER HOURS KIDS is a pediatric care clinic staffed by Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as an after hours extension to Pediatric Associates of Austin. It is common for problems to present themselves after regular hours for children 18 years and younger. We have an on-site lab available, and we are open to the general public.

AFTER HOURS KIDS is not a Primary Care Provider and does not accept patients for on-going primary care.

Ear Piercing available at After Hours Kids

Since a newborn’s ears are not fully developed and they typically have not received their first two tetanus vaccines, ear piercing in children under 4 months is not recommended. We advise piercings to be done between 4 to 6 months or after 12 years of age. However, some exceptions can be made. Click here for more information.

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