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Dr. Ann Kellams

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Virginia

Dr. Ann Lenox Kellams, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics and medical director of the newborn nursery at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, is an expert in newborn care and breastfeeding. Kellams teaches pediatric clinical skills to students and residents and authored the Newborn Nursery Resident and Student Curriculum and Orientation Manual for UVA Children’s Hospital. Kellams serves her surrounding community by being a mentor for the African American Student Mentorship Program, by serving on the Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee and by hosting various community education workshops on newborn and infant care. She received the Outstanding Graduate Designation from her alma mater, the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

What temperature should a baby’s bath water be?

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Ann Kellams gives tips on how warm your baby's bath water should be.

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Host: What temperature should a baby's bath water be?

Dr. Ann Kellams: So the best answer to that is not too warm and not to cold. You want it to feel warm to the touch so where if you put it on your forearm which is a very sensitive place on your body it does not feel it all hot or scalding and you also don't want it to be cold or shocking to the baby. So I would run the water, feel with your forearm and make sure it's just to the point of being lukewarm.