How To Clean Baby's Ears, Nose, Eyes & Nails
Perfect little fingers, perfect little toes, eyes, ears and nose. It's important to keep them clean and healthy. Here we provide easy tips on how to do just that.
Your Touch Means So Much More
Cleaning your little one’s eyes, ears and nose, and caring for his nails, can do much more. Even these smaller rituals have the power to help you build your bond with your baby. Routine touch helps him develop self-confidence and the ability to relate to others, while also nurturing his happy, healthy development.
Before You Get Started, Safety First!
Never put anything directly in your baby's ears, eyes or nose. Wipe any material from his eyes, mouth, nose or outer ear with a soft, moistened cotton round.
When cleaning the baby’s ears, focus on getting the outside clean. Even though the drugstore holds lots of ear cleaning tools and formulae for the inside, only your doctor can tell you if they're necessary.
A good choice to clean ears is a product that is made specially for babies, such as cotton, JOHNSON'S® buds. They are specifically designed to help prevent you from pushing the cotton tip too deeply into your baby's ears. Be very careful when cleaning your baby's ears — clean what you can see — never put anything deep into your baby's ear canal or nose.
CAUTION: When using on ear, do not probe into the ear canal; gently remove visible dirt and wax around outer surface of the ear. Improper use can cause injury. This product is not a toy.
Protecting Your Child’s Eyes
No toddler likes to get anything in their eyes, so consider putting a visor on her forehead or rinsing her hair while she’s leaning back towards you so that you can avoid getting water in her face.
And a newborn’s eyes are still developing. Compared to adults, they blink less often, tear less and it takes time for the blink reflex to develop, making it easier for an unwanted substance to get into the eye and cause irritation.
For worry-free bathtime, try JOHNSON’S® baby shampoo with our NO MORE TEARS® formula — developed for babies and young children, it is mild to the scalp and as gentle to eyes as pure water.
Cleaning your baby’s eyes
Holding your baby's head, gently cleanse around each eye with a cotton round dampened with clean warm water. Use a new cotton round for each eye and always wipe from the inside corner of the eye outward.
If your baby is congested, there are a few things you can do to provide gentle relief. Talk to your baby's doctor about using saline nasal drops to ease congestion.
You can use a moistened cotton round to gently clean any debris from around baby’s nose, being sure to wipe away from the nose. For irritation under or around the nose, you can use a skin protectant formulated for babies.
Cut your baby's nails regularly to prevent him from scratching himself and the spread of infection, as nails can harbor dirt and germs. Cut them right after a bath when they are softer. Use blunt scissors or baby nail clippers with a magnifying glass attached so small nails are easier to see. Follow the natural line of the finger, depressing the finger pad away from the nail so you can avoid cutting the skin of the finger.
If your baby is frightened, try:
- doing your own nails first — show him what fun it is
- distracting him with a song such as "This Little Piggy"