We learn through experiences and parenthood teaches us a lot. One crucial part is changing a diaper. As a mother, feeding and changing diaper take up most of our time. Our life revolves around our child and these tasks.
People misunderstand and take feeding as a primary task but maintaining proper hygiene is as important as feeding. A new born’s little bottom is very delicate and can easily become irritated. We need to change baby diapers up to 6 or 7 times a day. If ignored baby may get rashes.
Changing a diaper may look difficult initially, but with time and some tips, you can preserve the vulnerable skin of little munchkin.
Here are some tips to clean baby’s messiest parts while changing a diaper.
Things required before changing a diaper
- Changing sheet if you don’t have a changing station or table.
- Extra diapers
- Cotton balls or wipes
- A clean soft washcloth (If you don’t use wipes)
- Cleansing product
- Diaper cream /oil/ Ointment
- Sanitizing wipes or a disinfectant spray (optional)
Tips for proper wiping
- Changing diaper at the regular interval if time is really important. Change your baby’s diaper immediately if it’s soiled. Make a note that Newborns need to be changed more frequently since they pass urine and stools more often.
- Please check the size closely, appropriate diaper size is important and should be chosen wisely. If the diaper is too small, it can create rashes and irritation. If the diaper is too big then it, may leak easily due to poor fitting.
- When you’re ready to change your child’s diaper, place her on a changing table use a clean piece of cloth. Open the diaper and or lift child’s legs so that you reach all areas.
- Fold the diaper and dispose of it. Dispose of stool in the toilet, and then throw the diaper in the trash.
- Empty the garbage regularly (about once a day). This reduces smell and also prevents the growth of bacteria.
- Using wipes for older infants, wet clothes or cotton balls for infants, gently wipe your child’s bum. Always clean from top to bottom ie., front to the back. Never wipe from bottom to top as it may spread bacteria. You can also use lukewarm water if dirt exists. Note – For a baby girl, wipe from the vulva towards the bum. For a baby boy, wash or clean the penis and surrounding area first, and then the bum.
- Once you’ve finished cleaning, properly dry the folds in the skin to prevent infection.
- Apply lotion or cream or oil on buttocks avoiding the genitals
- Wash your hands well after changing your child’s diaper.
- Now open the clean diaper and place your baby right in the center, gently lift the legs and feet and try leveling the tabs with the navel. Now wrap evenly around the baby Make sure that the size is proper and no marks are seen on baby’s skin.
- Completely clean the changing area with a disinfectant spray or a sanitizing wipe.
- Please give some diaper free time to the child may be 3 to 4 hours in a day.
- If you find any rashes around the area then leave the baby’s bottom exposed to the area and use the suitable products.
- Never leave the child alone on the changing table.
Did these tips help you?
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