Parents often wonder whether it is worth adding potassium permanganate into the water while bathing the baby or not. Perhaps many of them will be disappointed because it is not worth adding. Why? And what is potassium permanganate added into the water for? In general, mothers have the same answer to this question: When we add potassium permanganate, we thus disinfect the water. That is, the essence potassium permanganate addition is prevention of different infections.
However, no one formulary considers potassium permanganate as a preventive measure. Potassium permanganate is really regarded as a medication that kills bacteria. It is used to gargle, to wash the infected wounds, to rinse as well as for gastric lavage, lubrication ulcer and burn surfaces. But for it to have the following properties it is necessary to add 1 gram of potassium permanganate into 10 liters of water.
Note that a large tub is 180 liters on the average. When 1 gram of potassium permanganate is added into the water for it to turn pink, parents just put a tick on their own conscience – our child, they think, is not in danger. Nevertheless, potassium permanganate and its solutions or its poorly dissolved crystals, when falling on the mucous membranes (especially on the eye mucous membranes and on the cornea) can cause severe burns. Falling of potassium permanganate into the eyes of children under one year of age while bathing is almost one of the most frequent reasons the parents with babies consult eye specialists.
Moreover, potassium permanganate dries skin, even if you use it according to the rules.
Bathe your baby after the umbilical wound has been healed in ordinary tap water, no special treatment is required, if of course your little one doesn’t drink water. There are ways to help prevent drinking water while bathing: give your baby a pacifier or let him drink enough pure water before bathing. Think about these options. The main thing you need to know is that it is almost impossible to neutralize the water, i.e. to make it sterile.
If you still decided to use potassium permanganate (better replace it with an infusion of Bidens) when bathing your newborn while his umbilical wound is being healed, then do it correctly!
By following these seven steps, you will absolutely correctly dilute potassium permanganate and you will not be mistaken.
1. Boil some water.
You will need exactly boiling water but not warm boiled water. When pouring cold water, the crystals will not be completely dissolved, and with boiling water this the danger is minimized.
2. Take a transparent glass.
3. Without touching potassium permanganate with your hands put a little amount of crystals (about 1/6 of a teaspoon) into the glass.
4. Pour the boiling water into the glass (in the boiling water potassium permanganate is dissolved much faster, in a couple of seconds).
5. Stir the solution thoroughly. It must turn violet (not black, not violet like ink, but violet, i.e. it must remain transparent).
6. When the water calms down, raise the glass to the light (a light bulb, a chandelier, the sun) and see if there are any crystals left on the bottom. These undissolved crystals, when contacting with the child’s delicate skin, will cause inevitable burn. Therefore it is necessary to dilute potassium permanganate in a transparent glass but not in a tub (especially in an anatomical one where the bottom has complex shape) where you cannot notice the crystals and in the glass they are very clearly seen. Stir the solution in the glass until the last grain of potassium permanganate disappears.
7. The solution is prepared. Pour it into the tub full of water. Water should be transparent, slightly pink (not crimson, not purple, not of ink color). Slightly pink.