Should i delay my baby’s first bath ?
A newborn’s skin is usually covered in residual vernix caseosa which is a cheesy coating that keeps a baby’s skin protected in the amniotic bath of the uterus. Premature babies have a lot of the residual vernix cases, on time babies have a little and overdue babies have a bit in their skin folds and under their nails
Health care professionals use to scrub the vernix caseosa right off the baby after birth. However this is not the case anymore in most hospitals. It is now a standard protocol at many hospitals to wait 8 to 24 hours before giving the baby her first bath. It may even be as long as 48 hours for babies born through c-section.