Leaks, Diaper Rashes, Blowouts—No Nanny Has the Time for That!
From the time a baby is born until, in some cases, he or she becomes a toddler, that child will be wearing diapers. If special attention is not paid to the effective application and timely removal of the diaper, blowout, rashes, and leaks will inevitably occur. The really bad news is that blowouts and leaks can happen anywhere and at anytime, including the middle aisle of a busy supermarket, a play group at a children’s museum, and, yes, in the child’s crib. The very good news is that these blowouts are avoidable. The main reasons they occur are incorrectly applying the diaper, using the wrong size of diaper, and not changing diapers frequently enough.
You simply want to avoid these leaks and blowouts, nannies—as you know, a blowout is not a fun proposition. Therefore, minimize that risk by…
- Ensuring the diaper is the right size for the child
- Paying close attention to the application of the diaper and ensuring that it fits snugly
- Changing the diaper often, especially right after the baby wakes up in the morning, after naps, immediately after a bowel movement, and right before bed
Diaper rashes. The name leads one to believe that the rashes are caused by the diapers, but this simply is not correct.
Even when a caregiver or parent changes a child’s diaper frequently, some children may still get diaper rashes, which are often due to:
- The child’s skin being in contact with stool or urine
- Bacterial or yeast (fungal) infections
- The sudden introduction of new baby foods
- Sensitivity of the child’s skin
A diaper rash can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. The child’s skin becomes inflamed and blistered; thus, special care must be taken when cleaning the child during this time. Consider using hypo-allergenic/unscented wipes like HUGGIES® Natural Care® Wipes, which offer a sensitive, gentle clean with Triple Clean* layers for new baby’s naturally perfect skin. A very good strategy is allowing the child to air dry naturally before putting on a new diaper and using a zinc-oxide-based diaper cream.
If a child is going to wear a diaper from birth to toddlerhood, ensure that the diapers fit comfortably.
When a diaper is uncomfortable, a child will begin to do certain things to signal that. You may see older children pulling on their diapers or even sometimes trying to take them off. One must also consider that babies are not able to signal their discomfort with their diapers. Therefore, caregivers and parents alike must choose diapers that are shaped more like the baby. Diapers like HUGGIES® Little Movers Diapers are contoured between the legs to give a more natural fit. These diapers allow the child to move freely, which is important at this stage of the child’s physical development – typically when they enter size three diapers.
Effective diapering will help ensure that a baby is comfortable. As caregivers and parents, we certainly know when a child isn’t comfortable—they let us know just that, regardless of where we are! Extra thought must be given to ensuring that the right type of diaper is chosen and that the application of the diaper is correct.