Friday, May 15, 2015

Applying Creams to a Baby's Skin on Shabbat

Applying Creams to a Baby's Skin on Shabbat
Day: Friday
Date: May 15, 2015
Parshat: Behar/Behukotai
Yalkut Yosef: 327

In general it is forbidden on Shabbat to spread creams and ointments on oneself as part of a healing process. However there are certain exceptions. One exception is for a baby. With regards to Hilchot Shabbat babies are considered the same as a person who is struck with a non life threatening illness. As such we are able to be leniant in certain situations. (See DSH from May 10, 2015) It is permissable to apply to a baby's skin creams that will be absorbed. It is better however, not to spread the cream but instead to dab it and let it spread on its own.

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