The first baby shakes and turns parents’ lives upside down. No matter how well you have prepared for that moment, some insecurity will always arise from inexperience. And one of them is how to take care of your baby’s diaper area. We are aware of all the doubts that arise when the baby lands at home. That’s why we’ve created a short list of tips for you to become a diaper expert.
Changing your baby’s diapers correctly is just as important as feeding your baby well. You need to know the basics and fundamentals to keep your child dry and comfortable. In this way you
will also avoid infections or irritations such as diaper rash.
How to change a diaper
When changing the diaper, it is very important to follow these basic steps.
- Wash hands first: To prevent infection or spread germs, make sure your hands are clean before changing your baby’s diaper.
- Make sure you have everything you need: Before you start, you need to have everything you need to change your diaper. That is, the clean diaper, a protective ointment, and wet wipes.
- Don’t leave your baby alone: You should never leave your baby alone on the surface where you change him. All babies, including newborns, can move and fall from where they are. This can lead to accidents, so it is important to prepare everything necessary for the change before you start. This way you’ll avoid having to be absent to pick up something you’ve forgotten.
- Remove the dirty diaper: First peel off the adhesive tapes and stick them on the diaper so that the baby’s body is out. Lift your baby’s legs by holding them by the ankles with one hand and placing the index finger between the feet so they don’t hit the ankles. With your free hand, remove the dirty diaper and roll it up by making a package and using the adhesives to close it.
- Bum cleaning: Whether it’s just wet or a stool, use a special baby wipe to clean it. And don’t forget to clean the folds of the thighs and buttocks as well. Cleans from front to back to avoid dragging germs from the anal area and thus avoid infections. If necessary, you can apply protective cream but prevent it from entering the genitals.
- Clean diaper: Open the diaper and spread it out well so that the anti-leakage barriers are in place. The part of the back with the sticky strips should be at navel level and you have to slide the sticky part under your ass. The front part has to pass between your legs and end up on top of your belly. Hold the diaper with one hand so that it doesn’t move, but don’t squeeze, and with the other hand stick the stickers on the drawings in front.
- Check: Verify that it is not too tight, and that it is properly positioned and adjusted. Wash your hands when you’re done.
Prevents diaper rashes
Virtually all babies, from birth to 36 months, suffer irritations in the diaper area as their skin is very delicate.
Why do rashes or rashes appear?
- Moisture from the diaper on the skin.
- Intestinal enzymes from the baby’s stool.
- The combination of stool and urine creates ammonia.
- Stiff diapers or excessive cleaning.
How can you prevent irritations and rashes?
- Change the diaper frequently: It is usually necessary to change the baby an average of eight times a day. The drier the diaper, the better.
- Leave the baby a while without a diaper: You can put a few hours on the changing table above the crib or bed. Cover him with a towel in case he pees while he’s without a diaper. It is best to do this every day until the irritation improves.
- Use zinc oxide based creams: Apply after diaper change and after bath. This cream isolates the skin from contact with urine and stool and soothes redness and irritation.
- Do not rub when cleaning: The skin should be dry but do not rub. Pass the towel around giving little touches and notice the folds of the skin.
- Water or wipes are enough: If you want you can use emollient gel without soap, but with water and a towel, or baby wipes, is enough.
Choose the right diaper:
Choosing the right diaper can prevent reactions like diaper rash. This is an irritation caused by diaper rash on the baby’s skin, and manifests as redness between the buttocks and in the genital area. Small bumps, swelling in the area, and tenderness may appear, which may extend throughout the area, including the baby’s belly and thighs.
There are a number of factors to consider when making the right diaper for your baby:
- According to weight, height, and age: Every baby’s growth spurt is different and has specific needs. If the diaper is too big it can move and cause leaks. And a very small one can hurt the baby. Age also plays a role as your diet changes in the first few months of your life and your body grows.
- ccording to movement: Diapers must adapt to the baby who starts crawling and even walking. They must offer freedom of movement.
- ccording to absorption capacity: Moisture is the main cause of irritation and redness, so choosing an absorbent diaper is key. It must also have barriers that protect the skin from moisture.
- Depending on the softness: There are diapers that have protective lotion that acts as a barrier against moisture. The softness of the tissue also influences skin irritations.
Every baby is different, so we recommend that you try several diapers and see which one works best for your baby. This way you can decide the best diaper for your child’s skin.