Norton, MD. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that newborns, especially, do not need a bath every day.
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While parents should make sure the diaper region of a baby is clean, until a baby learns how to crawl around and truly get messy, a daily bath is unnecessary. So, why do we feel like kids should bathe every day? There is no scientific or biological answer to how often you should bathe your child.
During pre-modern times, parents hardly ever bathed their children.
The modern era made it a societal norm to bathe your child daily. If a child has dry, sensitive skin, parents should wash their child with a mild soap once a week. On other nights, the child may simply soak or rinse off in a lukewarm, plain water bath if they are staying fairly clean. Additionally, parents can soak their children in a water bath without soap most nights or as needed as part of a routine.
Many problems with sensitive, irritated skin are made worse by bathing habits that unintentionally dry out the skin too much. Soaking in a hot bath for long periods of time and scrubbing will lead to dry skin.
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Additionally, many existing skin conditions will worsen if you over-scrub your child or use drying, perfumed soaps. Some skin conditions, like childhood eczema sexy selena gomez nude dermatitisare not caused by dirt or lack of hygiene. Therefore, parents do not need to scrub the inflamed areas.