Swaddle Bathing Is Research-Based, Best Practice For Neonatal Bathing
What is Swaddle Bathing?
A swaddle immersion bath involves bathing a newborn while they are wrapped in a loose blanket. The baby and the blanket are immersed in a tub of water, while each limb is carefully unswaddled, washed, rinsed, and swaddled again. Swaddle bathing is research-based, best practice for neonatal bathing.
Top Seven Reasons Swaddle Bathing Should Be Routine Bathing Practice In Hospitals
- Is the least stressful form of neonatal bathing
- Conserves baby’s energy
- Decreases temperature loss
- Decreases physiologic and motor stress
- Enhances ability to feed after a bath
- Supports family-centered care
- Is clinically supported by professional organizations and research
Clinical Support for Swaddle Bathing
- 2016 NANN Advances in Neonatal Care article recommends that NICUs adopt a protocol for swaddle bathing. Tub or immersion bathing is beneficial for full-term and late pre-term infants.
- 2018 AWHONN Skincare Guideline recommends infants be bathed with immersion tub bathing or swaddle immersion bathing.
- “Family involvement is key to realize the potential for long-lasting positive effects on their baby’s physical, cognitive and psychosocial development.”
- Swaddle bathing is a “typical” activity that involves the family. Early experiences matter for brain development.
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) – Swaddle bathing involves the family in infant caregiving.
*References available upon request.
Swaddle Bathing Clinical Practice Guideline
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The TurtleTub Is Designed to Benefit Your NICU or Well-Baby Unit
- Built-in color-coded temperature strip displays when the water is too cold, too hot, or just right
- Smooth contours for easy cleaning
- Custom liner for infection control
- Ribs and high sides support the infant during the bathing process
Watch the AWHONN-TV TurtleTub Video on the Benefits of Swaddle Bathing
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