Just overheard hv telling a new mum not to wipe poo out of her little girl's folds but to splash water in that direction while in the bath. I have had two girls and when they were covered in shit I cleaned it off them whereever it was. Have I done them some irreparable damage?
harpomarx - I have just looked it up on ask.com and it seems you are right that it's about infection : "CLEANING A GIRL: Don't try to clean inside your baby girl's vulva, as it is unlikely to contain a lot of dirt. Opening up the folds may introduce infection. "
This seems mad to me. If there's poo there that is the infection risk. It needs to come out and splashing at it isn't going to work.
I always cleaned, but very carefully. I nagged at dh to do it more carefully. Constantly. He didn't listen to me until dd ended up with a urine infection and we were told by the consultant how important it was to clean carefully. Not a nice way to be proved right - she was on antibiotics for nearly a year.
I've always wiped DD, gently though as I am more afraid of hurting her more than anything else. I didn't realise about urine infections so will be doubly careful in future. I couldn't not wipe her though. Sometimes she gets very messy and I couldn't bear to leave it till it's convenient to bath her. Surely there is more risk of infection doing that?
I always clean too. Dd was running around in a sloppy poo filled nappy this morning ~ seemingly for a while before I noticed and changed her. She'd gotten sore in that time, so surely if she wasn't cleaned properly say from morning until bed time bath, she'd get incredibly sore?
I clean inside my DD2's labia everytime I change her nappy with cotton wool and water (and did the same with DD1) Never any problem. I think you're not supposed to use too much soap in the area because it can interfere with the natural flora (bugs) but water should be fine - you couldn't leave poo there - as previous posters have said the poor little mites would get very sore.