Hidden crisis in winter bathing for seniors

Bathing is something that everyone often does, and because of the drop in temperature after entering winter, many people will crave for warmth when bathing and extend the bath time. Especially the elderly, bathing in winter is a hidden crisis. There are some precautions you need to know when bathing in winter to prevent accidents while bathing. So what should the elderly take care of in the winter? Keep these points in mind!

1.The bathing time should not be too long

The hot water during bathing can cause a lot of irritation to the skin. The longer the bathing time, the faster the moisture in the skin will be absorbed, and the greater the damage to the skin. Studies by experts have shown that the time for a bath should not exceed 20 minutes. For people with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, the longer the bathing time, the easier it is for patients to become fatigued, and it is likely to cause cardiac ischemia and hypoxia. In severe cases, arrhythmias may occur, causing arterial spasm, and Cause death.

2.It is not advisable to take a bath when the blood pressure is too low

Due to the high water temperature during bathing, the blood vessels are dilated, and people with low blood pressure are prone to insufficient blood supply to the brain, causing dizziness and collapse. Therefore, it is better not to take a bath for old friends when the blood pressure is too low. Elderly friends with low blood pressure and hypoglycemia will increase blood sugar consumption during bathing, cause dizziness, and even faint. It is not appropriate to take a bath at this time.

3, Pay attention to the frequency of bathing

There are some elderly people who love to clean. Even if it is cold in winter, they still wash it once a day, but the weather is relatively dry in winter, and people’s skin is dry. If you take a shower regularly, some of the oil on the skin surface will be damaged, which will make the skin horny. The layer is damaged to some extent, causing itching of the skin. Therefore, when the temperature is low, the frequency of bathing can be controlled 2 to 3 times a week.

4, It is not advisable to take a bath immediately after a meal

Some elderly people like to take a bath after dinner. After eating, the gastrointestinal mucosa dilates, blood is concentrated in the viscera and intestines, and the blood flow in the brain tissue is relatively reduced. At this time, the elderly often feel sleepy. If you immediately take a shower at this time, coupled with dilation of the epidermal blood vessels, the blood circulation of the brain tissue will be reduced, and syncope may occur. It is advisable to take a bath after 1 hour after a meal and drink a glass of warm water first.

5, avoid rubbing hard

It is easy to rub off a large number of protective keratinocytes by rubbing hard, and the protective film composed of sweat and sebum is washed away, which causes a variety of skin diseases or makes the skin dry. The elderly must not take too fast or too fast to take a shower, in case the position changes too fast or the amplitude is too large, which will cause the blood pressure to fluctuate sharply and cause danger.

In general, the elderly should pay special attention when taking a bath, take some precautionary measures to prevent stroke, and avoid sudden standing when taking a bath, which is prone to orthostatic hypotension. It can cause dizziness and fainting, and even stroke due to cerebral ischemia and hypoxia.