How To Clean Baby’s Nose, Ears And Mouth The Right Way?
I want to ask if it is necessary to clean the dirt on the nose, ears and mouth area on a 4 month old baby.. because my baby’s nose is difficult when I clean it.. if I don’t clean it, what will be the impact.. because my in-laws forbid cleaning it. jwbnny thanks
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Maintaining cleanliness is indeed a very important role in maintaining health, especially for babies whose immune systems are still relatively weak.
You need to clean the baby's mouth, even before your baby's teeth grow. This is because the remaining breast milk that may accumulate in the oral cavity has the potential to be a good land for pathogenic microorganisms to breed. One of the most common microorganisms that cause disease in the oral cavity is the fungus Candida sp. In addition, other microorganisms can also infect the mouth and can cause various complaints, ranging from the appearance of white or red patches in the mouth, bad breath, canker sores, lazy feeding, fever, fussy babies, and so on.
To maintain oral hygiene, you can use a clean gauze cloth that is rubbed on the tongue and the walls of the oral cavity. Do this when bathing your baby, ie in the morning and evening. Also clean your baby's mouth after each feeding and at bedtime. When your baby is teething (usually aged 5 months and over), you can use a special baby toothbrush and toothpaste that does not contain fluoride so that it is safe if swallowed. When the baby is 6 months old, help also keep his mouth clean by giving him lots of water to drink. Check your baby's dental and oral health to the dentist at least every 6 months. There is no direct relationship between the habit of cleaning the baby's mouth with convulsions (fever).
Unlike the mouth, the cleanliness of the nose and ear areas does not really need to be done specifically. You just need to make sure that there is no dirt or dead skin cells stuck to your baby's nose and ears. You can do this by wiping it with a clean towel when you shower and then drying it. If your baby is having a runny or stuffy nose, you can use a special baby snot suction device that is sold in baby supply stores. Also clean the remaining mucus that often moves around the nasal cavity, but do it slowly so as not to cause stinging and injury. For the ears, you also need to clean the indentations in the auricle (earlobe) and the back of the ear which is often a place for dirt to accumulate.
It is not recommended to scratch the baby's nostrils or ear holes excessively, for example using a cotton bud or wire. Because, in addition to the risk of causing inflammation, this can also actually make the dirt in your baby's nose and ears more lumpy and go deeper.
That's our explanation. For more details, you can consult directly with a pediatrician, yes.
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah