Diapering your newborn - A few pointers

  • By Dr. T Deepa Porkodi

Diapering can be quite an irksome task in the beginning but once you get the basics right, you will be a pro in no time!

Newborns may require as many as 10 diaper changes a day. The diaper has to be checked often. Wet diapers if left for long can lead to infections and skin rashes. Here are a few essential points you need to know about diapering your baby.

  1. Every time you set out to change the diapers, make sure you have all the essential things handy - diaper pins, changing cloth, wiping cloth.
  2. Wipe your baby clean. Use a clean cloth or cotton balls dipped in warm water. Make sure you wipe from the front to back and never from the back to front. Wiping from back to front may cause bacteria around the anus to spread and result in urinary tract infections. Once you have finished wiping, pat dry your baby with a soft cloth.
  3. If you are using disposable diapers, make sure you stick the ends together and not on your baby’s skin. Also regularly dispose of the used diapers to avoid bacterial growth.
  4. Be careful not to make the diaper fit too tightly.
  5. Be careful with the umbilical cord while diapering. Fold down the diaper a little and keep the umbilical region dry if the umbilical cord has not yet fallen off.
  6. Check for rashes and if you find any, change the diaper brand instantly. Baby skins are sensitive to certain adhesives.
  7. If you are using cloth diapers, use soft cloth. Washing cloth diapers should be done carefully. Preferably wash it separately with a few drops of antiseptic lotion.
  8. While diapering your baby boy, make sure the penis is pointed down. This helps in the upward and outward flow of urine.
  9. Place a piece of cloth over the penis while changing the diaper. Babies get cold quickly and urinate frequently. You would not want him spraying all over you while you are changing his diaper.