Before going home, the pedia gave us instructions in the hospital on bathing and cleaning the baby. She advised not to use ordinary soap (or those wipes you can just buy in the drugstore for cheap) as the baby’s skin is still very thin and sensitive. Only water should be used. However, because I am familiar what lies in our tap water (yes, knowledge is dangerous for me), I knew even water alone isn’t as mild as we perceive it to be. Water goes through treatment plants and is exposed to disinfectant and environmental chemicals like Chlorine, Lead, Benzene (fuel), and other Volatile Organic Chemicals. (You can check out some of the chemicals found in tap water on this sheet.) And knowing this, I didn’t want to bathe the baby in tap water without removing all these harmful chemicals that can affect her skin or even get absorbed in her body.
- Exposure [to substances] may occur via bathing, showering or immersion in contaminated natural swimming water and, therefore, through direct skin absorption. (Yes, you absorb the water you bathe in.)
- A baby’s skin is thinner and more permeable than an adult’s is, and is more susceptible to damage from environmental agents.
DISCLOSURE: I own AquasanaStore in the Philippines, a distributor of Aquasana water filters.