Pampers And Your Baby

Today most people use pampers with their baby instead of the cloth diapers but regardless of what you use, remember that you will need to change your baby several times a day

 

The baby's urine, combined with the bacteria in the stool, may make the baby’s skin sore and can cause a rash.   The baby’s pamper should be changed before or after every feed or after a stool.  Though changing your baby's nappy at night may disrupt sleep, it may be worth routinely changing your baby’s pamper when she wakes up for a feed.

 

A  newborn baby stools several times a day and urinate every one hour to three hours. Wetness does not bother most babies so while some babies might cry when they need changing, many will not.

 

Disposable pampers absorb moisture particularly well, so you may not always be able to gauge their wetness until they're soaked. Check for wetness every couple of hours by testing with a clean finger.    Before changing your baby’s pamper, make sure you have all supplies within reach so you won't have to leave your infant unattended.  You will need:

 

·         a clean diaper/pamper

·         fasteners (if cloth pre-fold diapers are used)

·         diaper ointment if the baby has a rash

·         a container of warm water

·         clean washcloth, diaper wipes, or cotton balls

 

Lay your baby on his or her back and remove the dirty diaper. Use the water, cotton balls, and washcloth or the wipes to gently wipe your baby's genital area clean.  When removing a boy's diaper, do so carefully because exposure to the air may make him urinate.  When wiping a girl, wipe her bottom from front to back to avoid a urinary tract infection. To prevent or heal a rash, apply ointment.  Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly after changing a diaper.

 

Diaper rash is a common concern. Typically the rash is red and bumpy and will go away in a few days with warm baths, some diaper cream, and a little time out of the diaper.  Most rashes occur because the baby's skin is sensitive and becomes irritated by soiled diapers or pampers.

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