The Vernix….the what?!
To be precise…Vernix caseosa, also known as vernix, is the waxy or cheese-like white substance found coating the skin of newborn human babies. It is produced by dedicated cells and is thought to have some protective roles during fetal development and for a few hours after birth. (Thank you Wikipedia for that marvelous description)
So when both my babies were born, I barely had them wiped off! My first was wiped a little bit because of c-section. My second was thrown right on me and I asked them not to touch him.
I kindly declined to have the bath at the hospital and waited until we got home!
48hours to be precise. He was visiting his pediatrician with afterbirth still in his hair lol.
Based on my research and what I wanted, I found the Vernix to be beneficial! The skin is the largest organ so anything I can add to help promote its health I wanted too!
The Vernix soaked back into the skin. You can also rub it into the skin as well. It contains lipids, amino acids, proteins, antibacterial, and antimicrobial compounds.
Studies state Its antibacterial in nature and helps it to protect baby from a whole host of nasty bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Magically- vernix also helps baby pick up good bacteria too!
It acts as a natural moisturizer for your baby’s skin. And if you read anything about my skin at the end of my pregnancy, I wanted to do everything possible to help my second ones skin!
It’s also adds a layer of insulation to help keep your baby warm.
So although testing is necessary right after birth, a bath isn’t.
As with everything, do your research and figure out what is best for you and your baby!