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Children bathing in a small metal bathtub

Bathing is the immersion of the body in fluid, usually water, or an aqueous solution. It is generally practiced as part of regular hygiene. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Kids bathing in a small metal tub This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Kids bathing in a small metal tub This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... A bathtub A bathtub (AmE) or bath (BrE) is a plumbing fixture used for bathing. ... A fluid is defined as a substance that continually deforms (flows) under an applied shear stress regardless of the magnitude of the applied stress. ... Impact from a water drop causes an upward rebound jet surrounded by circular capillary waves. ... Hygiene refers to practices associated with ensuring good health and cleanliness. ...


Some spa facilities provide bathing in various other liquids such as chocolate or mud, and there have been examples of bathing in champagne. Additionally, exposing the body to open air is sometimes considered bathing, for example, in sunbathing. A destination spa is a business establishment which people visit for personal health, life enhancement, fitness, personal care treatments such as massages, facials, in a resort setting. ... Chocolate most commonly comes in dark, milk, and white varieties, with cocoa solids contributing to the brown coloration. ... In computer gaming, a MUD (Multi-User Dungeon, Domain or Dimension) is a multi-player computer game that combines elements of role-playing games, hack and slash style computer games and social chat rooms. ... Champagne is often consumed as part of a celebration Champagne is a sparkling wine produced by inducing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of wine to effect carbonation. ... Sunlight is also the trade name of the worlds first packaged, branded laundry soap producted by Lever Brothers. ...

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Reasons for bathing

Most bathing is done in hot water or hot steam. However, splash baths function like a cold shower to help people cool off on hot days. A jogger is shown, in this multiple exposure picture, running through the Dundas Square splash pad to cool down.

Bathing serves several purposes: Download high resolution version (1024x678, 96 KB)A jogger cools off in the Dundas Square splash fountains. ... Download high resolution version (1024x678, 96 KB)A jogger cools off in the Dundas Square splash fountains. ... A four hour long exposure on a Nikon D2h camera is made possible using multiple shorter exposures (using the C.E.M.E.N.T. algorithm). ... Dundas Square. ... Urban beach style splash pad located within the municipal swimming baths of Torontos High Park A splash pad is an area for water play that has no standing water. ...

  • Hygiene, and the physical appearance of cleanliness
  • Decontamination from chemical, biological, nuclear or other exposure-type hazards.
  • Recreation
  • Therapy (e.g. hydrotherapy), healing, rehabilitation from injury or addiction, relaxation (e.g. Blessed Rainy Day)
  • Religious, or, less frequently, other ceremonial rites (e.g. Baptism, Mikvah)
  • Celebration and socialization, e.g. running through fountains after winning the World Series, or jumping through a hole cut in the ice over a lake on New Year's Eve.
  • Ensuring people are free of certain items such as weapons or other contraband: In Chicago, Russian baths were a safe meeting place for rival gang leaders. Weapons are difficult to conceal on a nearly naked body. If the meeting resulted in reconciliation, the gangs would meet upstairs for bagels, cream cheese and borscht. [1] Many homeless shelters, and almost all prisons have an intake facility or intake process that includes a supervised shower with change of clothes to ensure that no contraband or contamination enters the facility.

Bathing is usually done in a bath (i.e. a place designed for bathing), but may also be done in places not specifically intended for bathing, such as rooftops (sunbathing and windbathing), a lake, river, or sprinkler connected to a garden hose. Hygiene refers to practices associated with ensuring good health and cleanliness. ... Decontamination of humans is usually done by a three step procedure, separated by sex: removal of clothing, washing, and reclothing. ... A chemical hazard arises from contamination with harmful or potentially harmful chemicals. ... The international biological hazard symbol Immediate disposal of used needles into a sharps container is standard procedure. ... Nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) hazards are becoming a growing concern. ... For the 1914 Charlie Chaplin film, see Recreation (film). ... Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy, is probably the oldest form of medical treatment. ... Blessed Rainy Day is the holiday marking the end of the monsoon season in Bhutan. ... Various Religious symbols, including (first row) Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Bahai, (second row) Islamic, tribal, Taoist, Shinto (third row) Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Jain, (fourth row) Ayyavazhi, Triple Goddess, Maltese cross, pre-Christian Slavonic Religion is the adherence to codified beliefs and rituals that generally involve a faith in a spiritual... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Baptism in early Christian art. ... Mikvah (or mikveh) (Hebrew: מִקְוָה, Standard Tiberian  ; plural: mikvaot or mikvot) is a specially constructed pool of water used for total immersion in a purification ceremony within Judaism. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The quality of this article or section may be compromised by peacock terms. You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. ... Contraband consists of items of which possession may be illegal, depending on the variety and the country or the age or sex of the possessor. ... One Montreal-style bagel with mun (poppyseeds) and two with sesame seeds. ... Country of origin United States Region, town Chester, New York Source of milk Cow Pasteurised Texture Soft Aging time none Certification Cream cheese is a soft, mild-tasting, white cheese that contains at least 33% milkfat (as marketed) with a moisture content of not more than 55%, and a pH... It has been suggested that Barszcz czerwony be merged into this article or section. ... Boris Ignatovich, The shower, ca. ... A roof tiled in imitation of thatch at Croyde, north Devon, England Rooftops in Vietnam Snow on the roof The roof, the top covering of a building, is one of the universal structures found on all buildings. ... Sunlight is also the trade name of the worlds first packaged, branded laundry soap producted by Lever Brothers. ... A man-made lake in Keukenhof, Netherlands A lake is a body of water or other liquid of considerable size contained on a body of land. ... This bridge across the Danube River links Hungary with Slovakia. ... Sprinkler A sprinkler is a device used for the distribution of water from plumbing pipes, by spraying it into the air. ...


One town known for its baths is Bath (known during ancient Roman times as Aquae Sulis), a Roman city in England famous for healing hydrothermal springs, and most recently for the Bath Spa Project consisting of a rooftop pool overlooking the city of Bath, as well as four circular clear glass steam baths. The word bath is believed to be derived from the name of the city. Bath is a city in South West England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... History - Ancient history - Ancient Rome This is a List of Ancient Rome-related topics, that aims to include aspects of both the Ancient Roman Republic and Roman Empire. ... For alternate meanings see Bath (disambiguation) Palladian Pulteney Bridge and the weir at Bath Bath is a city in south-west England, most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the Queen (King) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2007 estimate... Green Dragon Spring at Norris Geyser A hot spring or a hydrothermal spring is a place where warm or hot groundwater issues from the ground on a regular basis for at least a predictable part of the year, and is significantly above the ambient ground temperature (which is usually around... The Bath Spa project is a controversial regeneration project in the English town of Bath. ...


Kinds of baths

In the 1880s Edgar Degas, drew a number of pastel studies of women bathing.
In the 1880s Edgar Degas, drew a number of pastel studies of women bathing.

There are various kinds of baths, which include: Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2024x2633, 576 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bathing ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2024x2633, 576 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bathing ... Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (IPA ), was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. ...

A bathtub A bathtub (AmE) or bath (BrE) is a plumbing fixture used for bathing. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Boris Ignatovich, The shower, ca. ... A navy shower is a method of showering that allows for great conservation of water and energy. ... A garden hose or hosepipe is a kind of hose which is used for watering plants in a garden or a lawn. ... Saltstraumen whirlpool A whirlpool in a glass of water A whirlpool is a large, swirling body of water produced by ocean tides. ... For television series episodes entitled Hot Tub, see Hot Tub (Drawn Together episode) or The Hot Tub (Seinfeld episode). ... A swimming pool, sometimes also referred to in some countries as a swimming bath(German. ... In addition to acting as a normal shower, a steam shower produces water vapor using a humidifying steam generator. ... A Finnish wood-heated sauna A sauna (IPA pronunciation: or , Finnish ) (also sweathouse, sudatory, steambath) is a small room or house designed as a place to experience dry or wet heat sessions, or an establishment with one or more of these and auxiliary facilities. ... An infrared sauna is a sauna that heats its occupants with heaters that emit far infrared radiant heat. ... Decontamination of humans is usually done by a three step procedure, separated by sex: removal of clothing, washing, and reclothing. ... A sponge is a tool consisting of porous plastic used for cleaning impervious surfaces. ...

Bathwear / nakedness

Bathing usually involves the removal of at least some clothing; in private baths all clothing is removed. The amount of clothing removed depends on circumstance, custom, and willingness of bathers to reveal themselves. A swimsuit, swimming costume, or bathing suit is a garment designed for swimming or bathing. Typically a men's suit consists of shorts or briefs. A women's suit often consists of two pieces that cover the breasts and pubic region, or of one piece that resembles the combination of briefs and a tank top joined together. A swimsuit (also swimmers), bathing suit (also bathers), aqua jammies or swimming costume (sometimes shortened to cozzie) is an item of clothing designed to be worn for swimming. ... A pregnant womans breasts. ... An intimate or private part is a place on the human body which it is usually customary to keep covered with clothing in public areas, as a matter of decency. ...


Some European waterparks require bathers to be completely naked[citation needed] and baths are sometimes not separated by gender. Prior to the Meiji Restoration, bathing in Japan was mixed gender. Today, most Japanese baths are gender-segregated, while some rural Japanese baths are mixed gender. In both cases (mixed or segregated) public bathing in Japan is typically nude, with bathers carrying a small washtowel, although there are some mixed gender facilities where bathers wear swimsuits. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Meiji Restoration ), also known as the Meiji Ishin, Revolution, or Renewal, was a chain of events that led to enormous changes in Japans political and social structure. ... A swimsuit (also swimmers), bathing suit (also bathers), aqua jammies or swimming costume (sometimes shortened to cozzie) is an item of clothing designed to be worn for swimming. ...


Frequency and time of the day

While it is customary for most people to bathe daily[citation needed], personal hygiene habits vary, with some people bathing more than once a day and others every few days.


In Western culture, it is typical for people to bathe in the morning before starting the activities of the day or meeting with others outside the home. Arriving at work without having showered may be seen as a sign of unprofessionalism or slovenliness. In contrast, people in East Asia customarily bathe twice a day especially during the evening or the night, the rationale being that after a day's work one should remove sweat and dirt, in order to be comfortable and clean, thus keeping the bed clean.


Hazards of bathing

Woman bathing.
Woman bathing.
  • Drowning is one possible danger of bathing. In a shower bath drowning has been known to occur, even though the risks are less than in an immersion bath. Baths that have standing water involve a higher risk of drowning.
  • Heatstroke can also result from the use of sauna baths or other hot baths.
  • Hypothermia from using cool baths and not being sensitive to the cold or because of falling asleep, etcetera.
  • Ear infections, also known as swimmer's ear can result from water building up and the resulting increase in bacteria.
  • Impact injuries are also possible from landing inappropriately in a bath, from an elevation, or from collision with other bathers, or with the sides of the bath.
  • Irritation caused by bathing solutions or other cosmetic products.
  • Infection caused by sharing dirty bathwater or bathing with others.
  • Collapsing when getting out of the bath because of the sudden change in blood pressure can occur, particularly when the bath is hot. Fainting can lead to accidents (including drowning if one falls back into the bath).
  • With advanced age, some people experience a diminished ability to sense temperature, and must use extra care to avoid accidentally scalding themselves while bathing. This is also true of individuals of any age with sensory nerve damage. Caution is needed with children as well, as their body is much more sensitive to temperature and pain and they are more vulnerable to changes in temperature; this is particularly the case with infants.
  • Bathing infants too often has been linked to the development of asthma or severe eczema according to some researchers, including Michael Welch, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' section on allergy and immunology [2].

Image File history File links Vintage_photo_nude_woman_1. ... Image File history File links Vintage_photo_nude_woman_1. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Hypothermia refers to any condition in which the temperature of a body drops below the level required for normal metabolism and/or bodily function to take place. ... Otitis media is an inflammation of the middle ear: the space behind the ear drum. ... Otitis externa (also called swimmers ear or ear ache) is an inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal. ... Injury is damage or harm caused to the structure or function of the body caused by an outside agent or force, which may be physical or chemical. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... An infection is the detrimental colonization of a host organism by a foreign species. ... Fainting (IPA: or ) is a sudden (and generally momentary) loss of consciousness, or blacking out due to the Central Ischaemic Response, because of a lack of sufficient blood and oxygen reaching the brain. ... The effects of ageing on a human face Elderly woman Ageing or aging is the process of systems deterioration with time. ... Senses are the physiological methods of perception. ... Fig. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The mechanism of the reflex arc Sensory neurons (or neurones) are nerve cells within the nervous system responsible for converting external stimuli from the organisms environment into internal electrical impulses. ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... A human infant In basic English usage, an infant is defined as a child at the youngest stage of life, especially before they can walk or simply a child before the age of one. ... Eczema is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the upper layers of the skin. ... The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of pediatricians. ...

See also

This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A destination spa is a business establishment which people visit for personal health, life enhancement, fitness, personal care treatments such as massages, facials, in a resort setting. ... The bathing machine was a device which flourished in the 19th century to allow people to wade in the ocean at beaches without violating Victorian notions of modesty. ...

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