Hygienic information to keep a new baby baby healthy

By Faeza
23 June 2015

When there is new baby in the house, dirt is something that needs to be removed at all cost. Dettol South Africa (SA) has created strategies for people who come to visit your new born baby. Dr Kgosi Letlape, member of the Global Hygiene Council and Dettol goodwill ambassador said there are two primary rules you should stick to when people come round to see your new baby.

Strategies for visitors

  1. They must wash their hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap before touching the baby.
  2. The visitor shouldn’t see the baby if they have a cold or other illness/ symptoms, or if they could be contagious (for example, if someone in their own home is sick). Don't be embarrassed to ask that they wait until they’re better.

Dr Letlape said when your baby first comes home, until their natural immunity has developed, it’s important that everything they come into contact with is hygienically clean.

Good hygiene for a clean nursery

  • Remember to wash your hands with an anti-bacterial soap after cleaning and disinfecting, and especially before touching your baby again.
  • Make sure your changing mat is waterproof so it can be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Choose a cot that is easy to wipe clean if your baby is sick.

Taking baby out

Below are some of the supplies to always have in your baby bag:

  • Personal disinfectant wipes
  • Hand sanitizer so you can kill the germs on your hands when you don’t have access to soap and water
  • A bag for dirty nappies

Dr Letlape further said never be afraid to say no when people want to hold your baby, after all it is your baby.