How to clean a baby girl?

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  1. ScotlandMD

    ScotlandMD Member

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    Hi people.

    I have a question in regards to cleaning a baby girl.

    Once they have pooped and they need a change I was wondering what the recommended way of cleaning the child is?

    I have heard that it is best to wipe away from their private parts, ie, when you are cleaning their bottom you clean wiping towards the back then move to thier front privates wiping upwards towards the belly.

    Is this the best way?

    I heard that it is best not to wipe downwards as it increases the chances of infection, i.e. the feces should not go near the pee pee area.

    Obviosuly you would do a thorough clean to make sure everything is spotless but I was wondering what the best way to clean is

    Thanking you!! :)
     
  2. hinkybinky

    hinkybinky Mum of 2

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    I have a boy but... I believe at our ante-natal class they said to wipe front to back, ie start at the top of the labia and wipe downwards towards the bottom, then up from the bottom towards the back. Have no idea how practical this is in reality though!
     
  3. Mrs IKW

    Mrs IKW Well-Known Member

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    I do all wiping movements downwards and use a new wipe each 'wipe'. I never wipe upwards to avoid spreading germs etc... This is what I was told to do by LO's Doctor. :)
     
  4. KayBea

    KayBea Mummy to Xanthia Lily

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    Yup i do exactly what you said.. X
     
  5. purple_rain

    purple_rain Well-Known Member

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    I do front to back, and if i want to clean the front again i use a new bit of cotton wool/ wipe. I know doing their bottom you should go front to back.
     
  6. LoraLoo

    LoraLoo Pregnant with a Rainbow

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    Yes front to back :thumbup: Though this is most practical imo anyway, you can wipe away most of it with the nappy, then just tuck it under their bum while u clean up. Should never clean back to front xx
     
  7. Kalah

    Kalah Guest

    Definitely always wipe down! You want to avoid the urethra (where pee comes out) getting feces in it and it's near the upper part of vagina so always always wipe down. Being a daddy it's normal to feel a bit awkward cleaning it all (my OH thought so anyway) but also I usually gently pull the labia apart just to check that there isn't poo stuck in there, there usually is.
     
  8. Faffalina

    Faffalina Mummy

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    :thumbup: I do this - nappy to wipe main mess then wipe front to back.
     

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