WHO recommendation on bathing and other immediate postnatal care of the newborn

Mother holding her newborn

WHO recommendation on bathing and other immediate postnatal care of the newborn

 

Recommendation

Bathing should be delayed until 24 hours after birth. If this is not possible due to cultural reasons, bathing should be delayed for at least six hours. Appropriate clothing of the baby for ambient temperature is recommended. This means one to two layers of clothes more than adults, and use of hats/caps. The mother and baby should not be separated and should stay in the same room 24 hours a day.

(Recommended)

 

Publication history

First published: December 2012

Updated: No update planned

Assessed as up-to-date: September 2012

 

Remarks

 

Related links

WHO recommendations on intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience

(2018) - full document and evidence tables

Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A guide for midwives and doctors

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A guide for essential practice

WHO Programmes: Sexual and Reproductive health

Maternal Health

Newborn Health

 

Citation: WHO Reproductive Health Library. WHO recommendation on bathing and other postnatal care of the newborn (February 2018). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization.