Many people will think that this topic is very banal, that is, many will say that it is very easy to change your baby's diaper, but even if you don't believe it, many make some mistakes when doing it, especially the new parents. Due to lack of experience and for all that this process implies (it is not just to place it and that's it), everything becomes much more complicated. Do you want to know what the Most common mistakes made by parents when changing a baby's diaper?
These tips from how to change your baby's diaper They are correctly intended, above all, for first-time parents, but it does not hurt that veterans review them, they will surely learn something! Don't feel bad if you make these mistakes at first, it's all about getting informed, empowering yourself and learning as you go.
1. Leave the same diaper on for a long time
Many times, to save money or because we are busy or we believe that the diaper is very absorbent, we leave the child with the same diaper for a long time, which can cause skin lesions such as irritations, abrasions or fungal growths (genital candidiasis), on the genitals (diaper area) or the typical diaper rash that makes the child so uncomfortable.
2. Not having everything ready to change it
It can be a risk of accidents, such as falls from the bed or the changing table, which can cause mild to severe head injuries. Therefore, at the time of the diaper change, you should have on hand: 1 or 2 new diapers, wet wipes (without alcohol) or cloths soaked in water and cream. It is also advisable to have a clean change of clothes in case it is needed.
3. Improperly cleaning the genitals
Failure to do so may promote the appearance of infectious processes at the skin level (mycosis, dermatitis), in the urinary tract (urinary tract infections, cystitis, glomerulonephritis) and / or in the vulva or vagina (vulvovaginitis).
The girl should be cleaned from top to bottom, to avoid passing fecal matter from the anus to the vagina or urinary meatus. And, also, it should be cleaned between your labia minora and majora, removing traces of previous cream or fecal matter and between the folds of the crotch.
In the male, it is also preferable, from top to bottom (although it is of less importance). The area of the testicles and the glans should be gently cleaned, retracting the foreskin if it has already been retracted before (consult your pediatrician) and, of course, in the creases of the crotch.
4. Apply a lot of cream or nothing!
If it is exaggerated, the baby could feel an uncomfortable sensation, like slimy or slippery and also could even extend to the clothes and dirty or stain them, if the cream is very greasy. And if you do not put anything, you are more likely to suffer a "diaper rash".
5. Entertain yourself in the process
If we take a long time changing the diaper and the baby is naked or semi-naked, it may suffer hypothermia (low body temperature), especially if it is a newborn, so it is an activity that we must do as quickly as possible, but properly .
It can also happen that, if we delay, you can urinate or evacuate during the change or immediately after it, which would force us to have to change it again and, therefore, to spend more and start again!
6. Misplacing the diaper
And here I mean to adjust it a lot or a little, because it can cause comical situations such as the little one losing the diaper or something more serious, feeling pressure and abdominal pain or injuries in the crotches.
When they are newborns, the diaper should not be adjusted at the level of the navel, nor should it be left inside, as it would remain wet and it would take time to fall off. This fact is also very dangerous because it favors the infectious processes that could lead, for example, to neonatal tetanus.
7. Buy sizes not suitable for the baby
Babies grow quickly and just as they leave behind clothes, they also change diaper sizes, especially if it is a newborn. I recommend you go shopping according to its development and growth.
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