You should change your baby’s nappy frequently, as soon as it’s wet or soiled. Initially, you may feel clumsy changing your baby’s nappy—but as with any new skill, you’ll get better with practice.
- Here are some tips:
- Before beginning to change the nappy, have the necessary items within easy reach.
- If you use a changing table, it should be sturdy and have a safety strap. Also be sure it has plenty of room to contain all the items you need to change your baby. Even with a safety strap, you should never turn your back while changing the baby.
- Gently and thoroughly clean the skin.
- For girls: Wipe the genitals from front to back. For the first 4 weeks after birth, it’s not unusual for girls to have a white, milky discharge that may or may not be tinged with blood.
- For boys: Clean under the scrotum. Do not push or pull the foreskin on an uncircumcised penis.
- If you use cloth nappy, watch out for open safety pins. Always point them outward, away from your baby.
Most babies, at some time or another, will probably get a rash on their bottoms (nappy rash). You can treat your baby’s nappy rash yourself. The rash should clear up after three or four days. The rash is unlikely to bother your baby much.
Some ways to treat nappy rash:-
- Keep your baby clean and dry by changing her nappy regularly. Try to do it as soon as possible after it is wet or filled.
- Clean your baby’s bottom using fragrance-free and alcohol-free baby wipes or just use cotton wool with warm water and pat her skin dry.
- Give your baby as much nappy-free time as possible, to allow the air to aid healing.
- Apply a thin layer of barrier cream or ointment before putting on a clean nappy. Just use a small amount and rub it in enough so you can clearly see your baby’s skin. The cream is a protective layer between your baby’s skin and any wee and poo.