A Newborn Baby Bath, A Harmless Procedure? 08/03/10
I have found that a newborn baby bath is not the harmless procedure that was once thought and is routinely followed by most hospitals.
We all have seen pictures of newborn babies with a white waxy film all over them. Not pretty by any means, in fact, you would think that washing it off would be the logical thing to do.
However, research has shown that this creamy-like substance on newborns is not only a moisturizer and skin protector but also one of the baby’s best defenses in their new environment outside the womb. In fact, it is called “Nature’s Cold Cream” since it has the same immune enhancing properties of breast milk, thus showing the continuance of development that goes beyond birth.
Vernix contains antimicrobial proteins that have shown to protect against:
- E. Coli
- Group B Streptococcus
- Other infections caused by these bacteria
If we refrain from a newborn baby bath and keep our babies with us after birth we are able to prevent some infections that are caused by these bacteria.
It may not look very pretty but the vernix on a newborn is not only a good moisturizer but also an effective cleanser, anti-infective agent, anti-oxidant, and a wound healer.
We are wonderfully designed and created that the birth process, when left alone, is nothing less than perfect. I am not saying by any means that emergencies don’t happen, and when they do we have a good medical system in place that can save lives. However, for the healthy woman, birth is an essential part of the miracle of bringing a beautiful life to this world.
If you would like more detailed information look here to see the many reputable sources and studies that have been conducted and from which I was able to share with you.
As a side note, I have also heard that not bathing a newborn and rubbing the vernix in is actually quite fragrant, apparently it smells sweet. What do you think? Do you agree with this statement? Feel free to leave a comment. I will be updating this post when my baby is born and I am able to experience this for myself.