How To Keep A Baby's Diaper Area Clean And Healthy

A brief article on keeping a baby's diaper area clean and healthy.

To keep a clean and healthy diaper area on a baby is easy if you follow some basic steps. First, make sure the area that you are using to diaper is safe and well stocked. If you are using a sturdy, flat surface such as a table, be sure to use a pad that has a safety strap on it and use a towel to prevent skin from sticking. You never know when a baby will suddenly try to turn over. If the baby is under one or two months old, use warm water instead of baby wipes because of the sensitive skin. This is also important while the cord is healing. In addition, baby cornstarch, fresh diapers, rash cream and a disposal system should all be handy.

Choose a diaper size and type that is age appropriate. Most newborn diapers have a U shape that better conforms to small bottoms and rapid growth spurts. They also usually have a cutout for the umbilical cord area. If you are using cloth diapers, make sure the diaper is folded down so the area receives fresh air. As babies get older, diaper needs change because of increasing variety of food and longer sleeping times. Some of the disposable diapers today are absorbent and may lead you to think you do not need to change as often. This is only partially true; even the super diapers can only handle so much.

Wash and dry your hands or use a baby wipe first to make sure you do not pass along any bad bacteria. Lay your baby down and secure him before starting. After opening the diaper, wipe away excess poop from the genital area. Always use a top-to-bottom, especially with baby girls, to prevent bacteria from spreading up to the urethra. You may want to drape a small cloth over a baby boy to minimize the chance of him peeing everywhere. When drying, be sure to pat the area instead of rubbing to lessen the chance of irritation.



Use warm water or baby wipes to clean the area front and back thoroughly. One of the best ways to prevent any type of rash from forming is fresh air. Pause for a few minutes and leave him open to the air. The main cause of rash is excess moisture in the diaper area. If skin stays wet for too long a time, it will rub against the diaper or poop causing irritation. Rashes can also occur from ingesting antibiotics or allergies to a new food, diaper material or wipes. Some diapers contain components inside to help with absorbing moisture. Make sure the diaper does not have a tear where the crystals can meet your baby's skin.

Apply baby cornstarch or one of the new creams for preventing rashes on the bottom and creases for the legs. If there is already a rash or one forming, use a diaper rash cream with zinc oxide to help clear it up. If a rash appears to be getting worse or lasts for more than three or four days, you may want to take him to the doctor in case stronger medicine is needed. This is the case if the rash is from a yeast infection. Grab a clean disposable or cloth diaper and fasten it. Try not to bunch between his legs to prevent rubbing or being uncomfortable.

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