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changes are just a matter of practice and that is something that
you will be getting a lot of. During the infant months, diapers
need to be changed very often.
want to have to deal with diaper rash so I made sure he was dry
and clean all the time. After the initial shock you get use to the
look and smell but the realization, from changing electronic components
in a P.C.B. to changing diapers, takes longer to digest.
my child got a little older,five to ten months, he refused to lie
still during changes. That is when I introduced "Mr Brush
and Mrs. Comb". the "b" is not silent. It's a distraction,
something for him to focus on during changes.
also hung a wallpaper border at eye level. He stares as the picture
while I clean his behind. In addition, diaper wipes in the winter
are cold. Use a warmer, it helps especially when they first wake-up.
The Age: 0-5 days The Stage: Newborn The Poop: Meconium/transitional
The scoop: It's sticky, it's tar-like and it's usually black
or dark green. This is the poop that no new parents should have to clean
by themselves. Just take one look and hand her off to a nurse to pry
the stuff off her little bottom and soak her in the tub. Thankfully, by
her third or fourth day of life, your baby will be passing transitional
poop, which is usually greenish yellow or brown and grainy.
Poop problems: A surefire way to know when something's wrong
with your baby is to know the usual contents of her diaper. If you see
any blood in her poop, that could mean she has rectal fissures, or even a
milk allergy. Jennifer Walker, RN, BSN, co-author of The Moms on Call Guide to Basic Baby Care
(Revell, 2007), suggests calling your pediatrician if your baby's
diaper contains less than one teaspoon of bright red blood for three or
more stools, or more than one teaspoon of bright red blood at any time.
The Age: 0-4 months The Stage: Infant The Poop: Pre-solid foods
The scoop: Call me crazy, but I love the smell of infant poop —
especially when you compare it to 3-year-old poop, which is absolutely
vile. If your baby is formula-fed, her poop will be either light brown,
bright yellow or dark green, and slightly formed. Breastmilk stools are
usually sweeter-smelling than formula stools, and a lot less formed.
They can be seedy, curdy, creamy, or lumpy, and either yellow or green.
Poop problems: "After the first week of life — if you're lucky
— bowel movements slow down from every feeding to maybe once or twice a
day," says Walker. "If your baby's BMs slow down too much, though, she
might become constipated, signified by hard, pebble-like stools.
However, the pediatric nurse points out, "There is a difference between
constipation and infrequent stooling. Infrequent stoolers are gassy and
have a large, soft bowel movement every three to seven days." If your
baby's poop is soft and she's not overly fussy, her digestive system is
doing its job.
The Age: 4-12 months The Stage: Baby The Poop: Introduction of solid foods
The scoop: Now that your baby has started solids, you'll start
to see the contents of her diaper bear an uncanny resemblance to the
contents of her lunch. When you feed her carrots, her poop will be
orange; when you feed her peas, her poop will be green. Her system is
still so pure at this point that what goes in is literally what comes
out. By the end of the first year, when she's eating a variety of foods,
her poop will become less technicolor and more brown — a melting pot of
all the yummy foods you're feeding her.
Poop problems: If you notice that your baby is pooping more
frequently, or that it's watery or greener than usual, she might have
diarrhea. Mucousy stools can be a sign of a cold or stomach bug. Pay
special attention to her poop whenever you introduce a new food, since
blood in the stool can be a sign of a food sensitivity. Walker
recommends seeking medical attention if your baby has black, tarry
stools; stools that look like coffee grounds; or clay-colored stools for
more than two weeks.
The Age: 12-36 months The Stage: Toddler The Poop: Adult-like
The scoop: Here's where the poop gets truly gross, because it
now resembles your own. This presents tremendous motivation to potty
train your child as soon as humanly possible. It just seems wrong to be
changing diapers of fully formed, brown, adult-like poop. That stuff
goes in the potty.
Poop problems: Some toddlers become resistant at the first mention of
potty training and will refuse to poop. They may not be ready to poop
in the potty, but if they're having trouble passing their poop in their
diaper or training pants, that's when you need to get some help. "Avoid
any food your child cannot chew easily, and avoid cooked carrots and
bananas," advises Walker. Try adding more water, fruits, veggies and
fiber to their diet to ease the process.
Your baby got it out, and now it's your turn. How can you get rid of the poop?
Diaper disposal systems
These are air-tight systems that lock away odor, so you never have to
smell the stink or clean the pail, because the diapers never touch the
pail. The drawback: you have to buy diaper refills from the manufacturer
— no ordinary garbage bag will do.
Plain-old diaper pails are exactly what they sound like, a dedicated garbage cans for
diapers. They usually have such amenities as hands-free or one-hand
operation and odor-reducing design. Just be prepared for a big stink
when you open up the pail on garbage day.
Disposable diaper sacks
These little scented bags are a godsend when you're on the go, or if
you don't feel like investing in a diaper disposal system or dedicated
diaper pail. Just put the diaper in the bag and toss it.
When your baby starts passing adult-like poop, you might consider
just emptying the contents of her diaper into the potty. After all, her
poop is solid, and she's not doing it so often anymore that she needs a
dedicated diaper pail. It's a potentially messy but odor-free solution.
The diaper rash breakout
Most babies can't escape this inevitable fact of diaper-wearing life —
diaper rash. They're sitting in their own waste, which is, after all,
toxic. Here's how to prevent and treat the rash.
An ounce of prevention
Change diapers frequently.Sprinkle your baby's bottom with cornstarch (not talcum powder). Consider letting your baby play au naturel on a waterproof pad.
An ounce of treatment
Spread a thick layer of diaper rash cream (zinc oxide) on the affected area. Seek medical attention if the rash persists or worsens.
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