How to Diaper a Baby

Help for Diaper Rash

You can prevent diaper rash by keeping your baby dry and clean. However, if small, red dots, inflamed skin or pus-filled dots appear on your baby's bottom, follow this advice:

  • Apply an ointment, preferably one with zinc oxide, at the first sign of broken skin. Rub it onto your baby's bottom after changing and washing your baby.
  • Let your child go diaper-free whenever you can.
  • Limit the irritants you apply to your baby's bottom. Use soap only once daily, and avoid using wipes until the rash clears up. Always dry your baby's bottom thoroughly after washing.
  • Consider switching to another kind of diaper -- from disposables to cloth or vice versa -- until the rash clears up. If you use disposables or plastic pants, make sure they're loose enough so that air can circulate inside the diaper.
  • Call your healthcare provider if the rash doesn't clear up in a day or two.

Early Elimination Habits: What You Can Expect

  • In the beginning, breastfed babies will have at least five stools a day and at least six urinations. Bottle-fed babies may pass a stool for every feeding.
  • The number of stools will decrease as your baby gets older and may dwindle down to between one and three a day after the first month.
  • In the first 24 hours, your baby's stool will be greenish black. After that, the stools will be greenish yellow and loose.
  • After three or four days, the stools of breastfed babies will be yellow, sometimes loose and sometimes seedy. The stools of bottle-fed babies will be soft but more formed, and the color can range from pale yellow to yellowish brown, light brown or greenish brown.
  • Your baby's stools will vary from day to day and sometimes from movement to movement. The changes will become even more pronounced when your baby begins eating solids.
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