Why do babies hands get so dirty?

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asked Jun 15 in Baby/Newborn by heatedbutt (660 points)
Why do babies hands get so dirty?

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answered Jun 20 by birdytweety (4,340 points)
Babies hands get so dirty due to clothes lint, dirt, drool, sticking their fingers and hands in their mouths as well as normal skin secretions.

You should wash your baby's hands as often as you wash yours such as before eating, after changing diapers, after playing etc.

However you can use wipes to wipe your baby's hands in between hand washing.

You should not stop washing your baby's hands.

Baby's hands always need to be washed but sometimes you can just wipe the hands down with some baby wipes or a wash cloth when they get dirty.

Babies need their hands washed as often as adults and children.

As a general rule you should wash a baby's hands before they should touch something that should stay clean such as food or another baby, and after they have touched anything that might have contaminated their hands.

Until your baby is at least two months old, it's an excellent idea to ask visitors to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before holding your baby.

Set yourself and immediate family members the same rule.

Kids as young as 2 can learn to wash their hands, although they may need help.

You might need to hold your child up so he can reach the sink, or get him or her a booster step so he can reach the faucet.

Wash the baby's hands for 20 seconds.

Rub top and inside of hands, under nails and between fingers.

Rinse hands under running water for at least 10 seconds.

Dry hands with disposable paper towel or towel.

Cleanliness around newborns makes sense, because newborn babies' immune systems aren't fully developed.

Once your baby is more than a month or two months old, you won't need to be so careful about protecting her from germs.

However, it is probably still a good idea for visitors to wash their hands, just in case.

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