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Keeping your baby’s head và face clean is important for their good health. That’s because baby skin is fragile & more sensitive than adult skin, so it can easily become irritated. It can take a little while lớn get used lớn cleaning their tiny ears, eyes and nose, but with practice your confidence will grow.

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Do I need khổng lồ clean my baby"s ears, eyes và nose?

Although young babies don’t move around much, you’d be surprised at how dirty their faces can get. Just lượt thích adults, they can develop ear wax & mucus in their nose & discharge in their eyes.

Paying special attention khổng lồ these parts of your baby’s body toàn thân will prevent problems in future.

When should I clean my baby"s ears, eyes & nose?

Your baby’s ears, eyes & nose should be wiped every day. All you need is some cốt tông wool & warm water. Don’t use soap because this can dry out your baby’s sensitive skin.

A good time khổng lồ clean your baby"s ears, eyes và nose is just before you give them a bath. Newborn babies don"t need a bath every day — 2 or 3 times a week is enough — so on other days you can just wash their face & bottom. This is known as "top & tailing".

Some babies get upset when you wash their faces, so choose a time when they’re relaxed. It’s best not khổng lồ wash their face when they’re hungry, or right after a feed. Talking or singing while you’re washing them might help khổng lồ calm them down.

How bởi I clean my baby"s ears, eyes & nose?

If you are going to lớn give your baby a bath, fill the bath with warm water và get together everything you need first. Always make sure the water is no hotter than 37 to lớn 38°C. If you don’t have a thermometer, use your elbow or wrist to kiểm tra the water isn"t too hot.

Before you undress your baby, lay them on a safe surface. Dip some cotton wool in lukewarm water. Gently clean the corners of their eyes, wiping from the inside corner lớn the outside corner. Use a new cotton wool ball for each eye.

Then gently wipe around each nostril to lớn get rid of any mucus. Wipe around your baby"s ears, including around the outside.

Use a soft towel to gently dry your baby"s skin, making sure you also dry behind the ears.

It"s very important not lớn stick anything into your baby"s ears or nose as this can cause damage. It can cause the lining of the inside of the nose lớn bleed and damage the eardrum. Pushing something into your baby"s ear or nose can increase the risk of infection.

When their face is clean and dry, you can undress them & give them their bath.

Should I remove my baby"s earwax?

Usually there is no need khổng lồ remove your baby"s earwax. It has an important role in protecting their ears. It blocks germs that could cause infection from reaching the eardrum và it prevents dirt and dust from entering your baby"s ear.

Ear wax usually makes its way lớn the outer ear naturally. You can gently wipe it away when you"re cleaning their ears. Don’t ever poke a cốt tông swab, finger or anything else into your baby"s ears.

You should also avoid using remedies khổng lồ remove ear wax. This risks damaging the ear canal & can even affect your baby’s hearing.

If you think your baby"s ears are causing them discomfort — for example, if they"re tugging or pulling their ears a lot — then tell your doctor in case they have an ear infection.

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Sources: The Royal Women’s Hospital (Caring for your newborn baby), Raising Children (Cleaning baby eyes, nose và ears), Raising Children (Bathing a newborn), The Royal Children"s Hospital Melbourne (Ear infections & glue ear)

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Last reviewed: April 2021

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What is "clean eating" và should I be doing it?

qhqt.edu.vn dietitian Victoria Taylor says:

‘Clean eating’ is a term that has been used a lot over the past year or two. But what it actually means is not very clear. It is used to lớn mean anything from making simple, healthy changes lớn your existing diet, lớn adopting a rigid diet that excludes whole food groups.

Everyone seems to lớn broadly agree on the benefits of eating more whole foods, such as fruit & veg, grains và pulses, & fewer processed foods such as cakes, biscuits and ready meals. For most of us, these are positive changes.

However, as with all fads, there are extreme versions of clean eating and these don’t have a sound basis. It’s often recommended that dairy và wheat are excluded from the diet, even for those who have not been diagnosed with an intolerance or allergy. Coconut oil is often promoted, despite being high in saturated fat, which is linked to lớn high cholesterol.

Having flexibility in your diet is important if it"s going khổng lồ be a pattern of eating for the long term

Butter is avoided by some clean eaters, but not by others, while most who eat it suggest it should be qhqt.edu.vnanic và grass-fed – attributes that don’t change the fact it is high in saturated fat. There is similar inconsistency over sugar. Although white sugar is definitely not viewed as ‘clean’, honey, maple syrup & juices, which are also sources of không tính tiền sugars, are usually included & even encouraged by some clean eating gurus. They might help you cut back on sugar, for example in tea or fizzy drinks. But, ultimately, you need to lớn reduce the total sweetness of your diet if you want to readjust your tastes in the long term.

While it’s true that there are some foods we should be eating less of và others we should eat more of, this is a world away from thinking about foods in terms of clean and dirty. Clean eating presents an image of perfection that isn’t realistic.

In real life, some days may be better than others và having flexibility in your diet is important if it’s going lớn be a pattern of eating for the long term, rather than a continuous cycle of deprivation & guilt.

Meet the expert

Victoria Taylor is a registered dietitian with 20 years’ experience. Her work for the NHS focused on weight management and community programmes for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. She leads the qhqt.edu.vn"s work on nutrition.

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