There are many products and methods to choose from when it comes to diapering your baby. Dr. Jennifer Trachtenburg discusses the best ways to keep your baby happy, healthy and dry.
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Diapering your baby is something you're going to be doing quite often as a parent. And there are so many things to choose from, from what kind of diapers you want to use to what kind of products you want to use on your baby’s delicate skin. Today, we’re going to talk about some tips on how to keep your baby dry and comfortable. Hi, I'm Dr. Jenifer Trachtenberg, author of good Kids, Bad Habits The Real Age Guide To Raising Healthy Children. What kind of diapers you want to use is really a personal preference for parents. There is disposal and there is the reusable type of diapers. Disposable diapers are great because they are very convenient. They’re also very absorbable and they really don’t leak that much, so they are great choice for parents. There are also the reusable diapers too. And those are great because they’re cotton, very soft on your baby’s bottom. In addition, they’re actually much cheaper to use even if you have a diaper service. They’re cheaper to use. And also they are very eco friendly as well too. So, it's really a personal preference. You can use both. Some parents do that when they’re home. They use the reusable ones ad if they’re out for convenience, you can use the disposable diapers. So you can use whatever you choose. First when you're changing your baby’s diaper, really be prepared. Have everything that you need right in front of you so you don’t have to leave the baby unattended. Unhand when you're changing the baby’s diaper. Make sure that you obviously have diapers. You can either have some powder or a diaper cream, one that has either vitamin A and vitamin D in it or one with zinc oxide to protect the baby’s bottom is good to have. Put the baby on a hard smooth clean surface and then when you're changing the diaper, make sure that you clean the baby well with water and cotton balls or baby wipes too. But make sure that you clean thoroughly and get inside all the creases and folds of the baby. Then, make sure you air dry before you put the diaper on. And it's often a really good idea to use diaper cream, something with zinc oxide in it, it's really work as a protectant to keep the baby dry and protect the skin from any irritants especially at nighttime when the baby’s on a diaper for a long period of time. Diaper rash is really just a generic casual term for any kind of rash in the diaper area. Diaper rash is usually red and it can look irritated. Sometimes it can be like little pimples or scaling as well. It depends on what is the cause of the diaper rash. The most common cause of diaper rash is really wetness that becomes irritating to the baby’s skin or a lack of circulation of air within the diaper area. And it's a great moist area for a bacteria an sometimes yeast to grow as well. Antibiotics can also cause diaper rash as well as sometimes when your child is I'll, it also can cause a diaper rash. Diaper rash, it's a very common occurrence. Some time in every baby’s life, they’re going to get a diaper rash. Again, it's just a very moist area where a bacteria and yeast can live and can multiply and this can cause a diaper rash. If the rash is getting redder or is more persistent, you may need to ask your pediatrician or visit your pediatrician to see what other treatment may be necessary. Your baby’s comfort is so important during these diapering stages. Following these tips will really help keep your baby happy and dry.
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