Baby poop is one of those uninteresting things about parenting. Babies may be cute and all but what comes out of them is not pretty at all. Parents actually get used to it eventually and they have no problem changing their babies just before having their own meal. You will eventually get used to it too.
Wiping a baby’s bottom is important for cleanliness and it should be done as often as is required. This is usually when your baby needs changing. It does not matter whether she just peed or went all out and made a poop. Anything that is not clean should be wiped off your baby’s bottom to avoid skin irritation.
If your baby stays with a soiled nappy or diapers for too long she may end up getting a nappy rash and this is usually very uncomfortable. It may sting a little when the area with a rash gets into contact with more pee.
What do people use when cleaning babies up? Most people prefer to use baby wipes. This is because they are easy to use and they always come already wet which reduces the workload in terms of carrying some water to clean up your baby.
It has however been found that these wipes may be the cause of your baby’s nappy rash or may be aggravating it. The main culprit is a specific ingredient known as methylisothiazolinone. This ingredient is a preservative used to control microbial growth in personal care products that contain water. It keeps your wipes free from funny growths that are not healthy and may cause an allergic reaction if they came into contact with your baby’s skin.
This problem does not occur in babies only. Even mothers that use wipes on their babies have found that their most active hand has at some point developed some kind of rash and it coincided with their touching the wipes.
Blaming a rash on wipes may not really seem logical but babies have sensitive skin and this particular ingredient is rather potent. You will realize this whenever you change soaps or oils and your baby breaks out in something you cannot explain. What other options exist for the parent that does not want to see their baby’s bottom turn red?
For those mothers that want to continue enjoying the convenience provided by wipes without causing undue discomfort to their babies there is the option of fragrance free wipes. Babies are sensitive even to perfumed products including soaps, wipes and oils. You may notice a change in your baby if you use perfumed products often on them. Using this type of wipes helps a little and may reduce the occurrence of a nappy rash.
You can use cotton wool or cotton wipes with water just to make sure that no chemicals come into contact with your baby’s bottom during changing. Take a clean ball of cotton wool or a clean piece of cotton wipes and wet it to your desired wetness and wipe your baby clean. Remember to dispose of them properly.
Handling a nappy rash
In the occasion that your baby already has a nappy rash you should try and make it easier for them until it heals. Clean your baby properly after removing the soiled diaper and then apply some kind of barrier. It could be a cream or petroleum jelly. You can then change them into the clean diaper.
You should do this every time your baby needs to change until the rash disappears. Once it clears be sure to keep your baby clean and don’t let a soiled diaper stay on your baby for too long.