Diapering can be turned from a crappy situation into a cute fun addiction if you spend it talking, laughing and tickiling your baby!
Before you begin, gather a few supplies:
- a diaper.
- a bowl of warm water and cotton balls.
- washcloth or diaper wipes.
- diaper cream (to prevent and treat rashes).
- a changing pad or dry towel to place under your baby.
Make sure all your supplies are within reach because now is diapering time!
If you don’t wash the diaper area after removing the diaper, use a wet washcloth or baby wipes to gently wipe your baby from the front to the back, especially if she’s a girl (you could spread the bacteria that can cause urinary tract infections by ignoring this step.).
For boys, keep a clean cloth over the penis while diapering because exposure to air often causes boys to urinate, on you, the walls, everywhere.
Tips to Consider while diapering a baby:
- Wash your hands before and after diapering.
- Never leave your baby unsupervised and always Keep one hand on him.
- Newborns often need their diapers changed from 10 to 15 times a day!
- Put your baby on a flat and safe surface.
- A newborn might surprise you and roll over, so keep pins, sharp tools, cream, etc. out of reach.
- Don’t bother and wake your baby up while changing his diaper.
Diapering a baby happen in the most sensitive part of the body; therefore, some comlications might occur as diaper rash, continue reading to know more!
Diaper Rash: is a painful redness in the diaper area.
Rashes can be caused by:
- Annoyance caused by urine or stool on the skin.
- Allergic reaction to soaps, or oils that touch the skin.
- Yeast infection spread from the mouth or stool.
Tips to treat and avoid diaper rashes:
- Keep the skin dry and change the diaper as soon as it gets wet.
- Don’t use creams or soap.
- Expose the rash’s area to air for 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times a day.
- Consider switching to cloth diapers if the rash is getting worse.
If the rash lasted more than five days after following the above suggestions, refer to your doctor.
~ Safaa Bou Hadeer