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Common Questions about Changing a Baby’s Diaper

Posted by on September 15, 2014 under Everything Baby | Be the First to Comment

Tips for baby diaper changing

A lot of new parents may not have any experience changing a diaper, and the task can seem daunting. Experience will help, but there are some questions that all new parents have or will have.

How often should I change my baby’s diaper?
While it is “ideal” to change a baby’s diaper after each time they pee, that’s not quite feasible. Often there is no indication that your baby has peed, and checking the diaper (by feeling it to see if the wadding has bunched up) every few minutes is impossible. Generally, checking at least every two hours, or before or after feedings, and before and after sleeping is best. A newborn, a sick child or a child with diaper rash needs to be changed more often. Speaking of diaper rash …

What causes diaper rash?
Diaper rash is caused by having the skin in the diaper area be exposed to wetness and waste. The amount of time a baby’s skin can be exposed to waste depends on the child and their skin’s pH balance. A baby’s skin is about half as thick as an adult’s: that’s why their skin is so sensitive. Diaper rash isn’t caused directly by the foods the baby digests, but can be caused by the diarrhea caused by those foods. Diaper rashes can be cleared up by letting the baby’s skin air out, using diaper rash creams and making sure the diapers and wipes you’re using work for your baby’s skin.

What if my child hates their diaper being changed?
Most children will go through a phase where they hate having their diapers changed. Some techniques to get through this are distracting the child (perhaps with an object that is otherwise unavailable to them), counting down to the diaper change (sometimes even setting a timer) and changing the child while they’re standing up (if they’re stable enough). Oftentimes, parents will use this phase to help start the process of potty-training.

Feel free to ask more questions in the comments, or add your own answers to the ones above!

Solutions for Diaper Rash

Posted by on September 3, 2014 under BladderMatters, Everything Baby | Read the First Comment

Diaper rash can be kept to a minimum with some care.

The cause of diaper rash can be caused by several different issues. But the root of the problem is in the term itself. It’s diaper rash. Wouldn’t it just be so easy if that diaper didn’t have to be used? But if it’s necessary, what is the alternative?

Several sources suggest leaving the diaper off for extended periods of times. Well and good. But how to do that? How can the parents or caregivers create situations where a diaper isn’t needed?

Enter the underpad. Yes, underpads are often used as a backup to regular diapers, but they have more to offer. Especially during nap time.

With a baby, if you’ve observed that they don’t move too much during nap time, you can go ahead and take the diaper off. Place the child in their crib, on their back, with one or two underpads under them. With a boy, place a cloth over the groin. With disposable underpads, all urine will be quickly collected during naptime. Afterward, you can wipe the baby off or have a quick bath (warm water only, or a very mild soap).

With adults, an underpad can be used during naptime (during which people move around less than at night) or during some downtime. Reading or TV watching can pass the time while the area airs out. When ready to put the brief back on, use a soft cloth with warm water to wash the area, maybe some gentle wash. If you like, you can put cream on at this point, but stay away from powders like cornstarch or baby powder. Both can lead to a bacterial problem.

Much luck and tell us what you’ve had success with when diaper rash appears!

Incontinence Skin Protection For All Ages

Posted by on May 3, 2012 under BladderMatters | Be the First to Comment

 

What’s the best way to prevent skin irritation, rash and discomfort caused by skin contact with urine or feces? Regular use of pH balanced, soap-free perineal skin cleansers and protective moisture barrier cream.

People who experience urinary and/or fecal incontinence are commonly at risk for skin breakdown, wounds and infection. The risk is increased when people are confined to a bed or wheelchair. Special care must be taken to prevent skin breakdown by keeping the skin clean, protected and dry.

Here are some incontinence skin care suggestions from TotalHomeCareSupplies.com:

• Have a systematic skin inspection once per day

• Skin cleansing should occur at the time of soiling and at routine intervals

• Change incontinence products immediately after soiling

• Minimize environmental factors leading to skin drying, such as low humidity. Dry skin should be treated with specially formulated incontinence care moisturizers

Recommended perineal skin cleansers:

FNC Medical Ca-Rezz Original Wash FNC10316 – This popular and very effective cleanser is a no-rinse wash formulated with antibacterial, deodorizing ingredients to kill common germs. Alcohol free, no-sting formula. pH balanced. Ready to use, convenient 16 ounce spray bottle for $6.35

Convatec Aloe Vesta Perineal Skin Cleanser SQ 324709 – Another commonly used no-rinse spray that’s mild and effective for any skin type. Formulated with aloe vera gel to soothe and moisturize irritated skin. Alcohol free, pH balanced with a light lemon scent. 8 ounce bottle for $3.15

Recommended perineal skin creams:

FNC Medical Ca-Rezz Cream – The perfect companion to Ca-Rezz wash spray. This is a 3 in 1 product that’s prevention, treatment and protection all in one! Formulated with calamine, allantoin, aloe vera and vitamins A, D and E to soothe and enable healing of fragile skin. Economical 9 ounce tube for $7.35

Bard Special Care Cream – A wonderful moisturizing cream with vitamins A, B5, D and E plus aloe vera, glycerin and safflower oil. Non-greasy formula readily absorbs into skin, excellent for scaly skin and pressure points. Fragrance free, lanolin free and petrolatum free. Economical 9 ounce tube for $12.32

Aloe Vesta 3 in 1 Protective Ointment – Often used in conjunction with Aloe Vesta skin cleanser, this is an ideal barrier treatment for routine use in incontinence skin care. Moisturizes and protects skin with protein-rich emollients to condition and restore skin to its natural moisture balance. Petrolatum-based. 8 ounce flip-top tube for $13.14

Click here to browse all incontinence products from TotalHomeCareSupplies, including youth and adult diapers, pull-ups, bladder control pads, underpads and more!

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