In the first few hours of life baby uses a lot of energy to keep himself/herself warm and bathing the baby can pose a risk for hypothermia. Bathing should be delayed until 24 hours of life and if not possible due to cultural reasons, it should delayed for at least 6 hours. Sponging can be done once a day with clean water with a goal to just remove the unwanted material like blood or meconium. If condition allows, a dip bath can be given once the cord has fallen.
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