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How should I wash my baby's clothes and bedding?

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Use only baby laundry detergents that are fragrance- and dye-free. Clean baby clothes, bedding, and blankets separately from the family's laundry, and wash them before you use them for the first time.

From: Baby Skin Care: Tips for Your Newborn WebMD Medical Reference

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Marvin Wang, MD, director of Newborn Nurseries, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Christine Hurley, MD, pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Judy Moreau, MD, pediatrician, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans.

The American Academy of Pediatrics: Bantam Books, June 1998. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child,

HealthyChildren.org:  ''Bathing Your Newborn.''

American Academy of Pediatrics online: Parenting Corner Q&A: "What can I do if my baby gets diaper rash?"

WebMD Medical Reference from "The Mother of All Baby Books:" "Your Newborn's Skin and Rashes;" "Understanding Diaper Rash - The Basics;" and "Newborn Rashes and Skin Conditions."

WebMD Health News: "Babies May Be Soothed by Massage" and "Diaper Dyes May Cause Diaper Rash."

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 16, 2017

SOURCES:

Marvin Wang, MD, director of Newborn Nurseries, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Christine Hurley, MD, pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Judy Moreau, MD, pediatrician, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans.

The American Academy of Pediatrics: Bantam Books, June 1998. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child,

HealthyChildren.org:  ''Bathing Your Newborn.''

American Academy of Pediatrics online: Parenting Corner Q&A: "What can I do if my baby gets diaper rash?"

WebMD Medical Reference from "The Mother of All Baby Books:" "Your Newborn's Skin and Rashes;" "Understanding Diaper Rash - The Basics;" and "Newborn Rashes and Skin Conditions."

WebMD Health News: "Babies May Be Soothed by Massage" and "Diaper Dyes May Cause Diaper Rash."

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 16, 2017

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