At birth, why is bathing the baby delayed?


Why Bathing is Delayed at Birth

The baby’s skin has to adapt to the extra uterine life, since the temperature invitro is warmer .After birth, one of the key thing a midwife wants to prevent the baby from is hypothermia (low temperature), warmth is provided by immediately cleaning the baby from amniotic fluid and rapping the baby with clean dry cloth to provide warmth ,which interns prevent evaporation so the baby maintains a normal temperature as his or her skin adapts to the new environment .Inlight of this, bathing is delayed for about 24hours if possible.