We know diaper changing is one part of childcare you can get fed up of, and we totally understand the reason. The smell, the mess – who likes to deal with them anyway? However, we chose it and now we have to deal with it. On a serious note, let us tell you why this annoying routine of diaper changing is so important on a daily basis.
It is completely understandable if you’re tired of changing your baby’s diapers, especially when it’s for the 10th time during the day. Babies poop and pee on a frequent basis till they grow a little older, which is when you start with the toilet training. But until then, it’s a very messy routine and you can’t help but get through it until it stops. Now yes, we do understand your fatigue, but it is still not acceptable to give in to it and leave your baby unattended if he/she has dirtied his/her diaper again, no matter how many times you’ve done it in a day already.
If you didn’t know or know but aren’t paying any attention to it, let us remind you again about all the infections those dirty diapers can cause to your baby’s health.
This is what happens when you leave an unattended nappy on your baby for too long – the irritable substances from urine and poop, like ammonium acids and so on, stick onto your child’s bottom for a long time, generating a friction. This friction then leads to rashes, causing your baby to cry endlessly in pain.
These rashes can be treated with hydrocortisone creams, though constant cleaning and moisturising of the affected area are required.
Let us break it down for you in 3 points that will make you want to love the diaper changing routine:
1. It’s an excellent time for you to bond with your baby, as you’re in close proximity with him/her. Your face is close enough to theirs to communicate through eye contact and otherwise.
2. You get to understand his/her body better. For example, the places he/she gets tickled and the places he/she does not like being touched. It’s another great sign of bonding.
3. You keep them clean, which must be your priority unless you want to take them to a hospital, which means more pain for the baby and more expenses for you.
In case your baby has dirtied their diaper, lift their legs up by the ankle and slide the diaper from back to the front, and not vice versa, to avoid infection. Make sure you stock up on diapers, so you don’t run out on them in the middle of the night.
If you’re using cloth diapers, keep a laundry bag at your disposal.
You can use things like oatmeal and vinegar and mix them with water separately for bathing purposes in cases your baby develops rashes.
Do not forget to clean the area after while changing diapers at regular intervals. It might be tiring, but it’s important to maintain your baby’s hygiene. Use clean clothes to clad the area and also make sure your baby gets enough air to keep the area cool.