Journal Article


'Just water for cleaning baby?' A cross-sectional survey of the newborn skin cleansing practices of parents in the UK

Abstract

Globally, 5-30% of children have eczema; this could be partly attributable to skin cleansing routines. Evidence-based international guidance on this topic is lacking and dated national UK guidelines may not reflect best practice. We conducted a mixed method, UK-wide (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) cross-sectional survey to investigate parental cleansing of their newborn’s skin; 973 responses were suitable for inclusion. 60% of participants delayed first cleansing after birth for 48 hours and 79.4% of participants cleansed their newborn’s nappy area with each change.  Participants from Scotland were more likely to cleanse their newborn within the first 48 hours (X22 = 29.3, p < 0.001) and then cleanse more frequently (X24 = 14.51, p < 0.006) than those in England and Wales. 59.7% of participants used water alone for cleansing their newborn’s body. Further research is needed into the appropriateness and effectiveness of parents' newborn skin cleansing practices and influences on their decision-making. 



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Authors

Fleming, Sarah
Carpenter, Jane
Hunter, Louise

Oxford Brookes departments

Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Date of RADAR deposit: 2021-09-08


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