What is Disposable Diaper?
A disposable diaper usually consists of three layers: the inner layer that rests on the baby’s skin or the adult’s skin is naturally soft, stays relatively dry, and sinks away the moisture into the central part or the interior. The purpose of the absorbent interior is to pull moisture in and trap it to keep wetness away from the baby or an adult. This will assist in keeping away rashes from the baby’s skin. The outer layer or the outside of the diaper usually has some great looking designs on it. Disposable diapers can be cheap and absorbent.
Who uses Disposable Diapers?
- These are used by moms on their babies to keep them comfortable and improve their well being.
- These may also be used by adults who suffer from incontinence or some other medical condition. As one gets older it may become more difficult to hold the urine. So the diaper may be the answer to someone who cannot hold their urine especially at that critical moment if the person is in crowd.
Benefits of Disposable Diaper
They are convenient: They keep the baby dry and comfortable for longer periods than the cloth nappy. No laundry is involved as they are easily disposed of. However one has to be careful that the baby does not stay in the same diaper for too long as this result in physical abuse to the child.
They are easy to carry and easy to change: Very easy to travel with as they do not take up a lot of space.
Great for overnight when the toddler gets bigger and mom is unable to get up every hour or so often in the night to assist the toddler to pass urine.
Can be used by adults who cannot hold their urine. This can prevent humilitation for the adults as the diaper will absorb that embarrassing leak.
Incorrect Usages and Results:
Children in low income households may stay too long in the diaper. When this happens it increases the risk of health problems to the infant. A crying baby in a soiled diaper should be changed immediately to prevent any further discomfort. The process of changing the pamper should be done with more care and gentleness in case the baby’s skin is already tender from overexposure to the wet pamper. If the baby is physical abused or if the baby’s skin is obviously tender or chaffed then try home remedy. However if that does not work one should immediately seek medical attention for the infant.
Diaper rash is a term indicating any skin irritation that develops in the diaper-covered region. It causes unbearable irritation and discomfort for a baby and require immediate medical attention depending on the age of the infant.
Diaper rash is generally caused by the perpetual wetting of the skin together with it being exposed to irritants which cause a chaffing. The continuous abrasion causes the skin to become red, blotched, heated and grated, which results in the area getting infected, exacerbating the irritation and pain.
A baby skin is very delicate and soft and easily becomes irritated as many babies also have some amount of skin allergies. Some irritants on the baby’s skin may be bacteria and ammonia in the urine, detergents used to wash the baby’s clothes, wipes and creams used on the baby’s skin. The baby’s skin may not react well with these, especially if it is in a vulnerable state. And so the choice of a correct diaper becomes very important.
How to prevent diaper rash
There are different approaches that can be taken. These include:
- changing the diapers in a timely manner so that it does not stay too long on the skin.
- Trying out other brands of diaper on your infant to observe which is more tolerated by the infant, in other words does the baby’s skin develops more sensitivity to one brand over another brand. So get to know which brand your toddler can tolerate. Try to stock up on this brand.
- Regularly applying desitin, petroleum jelly Vaseline or any diaper rash ointment will minimize the friction to the irritated skin and soothe the skin for quick healing. If healing does not take place take the infant to the pediatrician.
- The baby should be placed on his back on a clean towel or receiver. Clothing that prevents access to the diaper should be removed from the toddler. If the baby is wearing romper or pin under that contains snaps, these are usually quite easy to open for easy access.
· Then open the velcro from both sides around the baby’s waist and remove the soiled diaper. Gently raise up your baby and pull the diaper from the baby’s bottom.
· Wipes should be used to sanitize the baby in that particular region where the diaper lies. When doing this ensure that you wipe from front to back to prevent infection. This should be done especially for girls.
· Observe the area to see if it is red, chafed or inflamed, if it is then soothe it with diaper ointment such as desitin, petroleum Vaseline or another diaper ointment of your choice.
· Put on a new clean diaper only when the baby’s skin is dry. This new diaper should be placed underneath your baby. Properly fastening the tabs to secure the diaper on the baby’s waist.
· Put back the baby’s clothing over the new diaper
How often should you change your baby’s Diaper?
Babies pass their urine regularly per day. It can be an average of about twenty (20) times daily for the first several months. However it would not be necessary to change the diaper each time the baby pee, instead you need to get familiar with the infant’s pattern of urination so you have an idea of when the diaper becomes too wet for him.
New born babies should be change at a more regular time interval because their skin is much more delicate and more vulnerable at that stage.
If the baby has a bowel move one should change the baby’s pampers quickly as this can irritate the child’s skin and cause chafing.
The right choice
Getting the right brand diaper or pampers for your baby is very important. This will help to keep your baby comfortable, dry and happy. If your baby is happy then you will also be happy.