Diaper changing can be an ugly business. and it can get awfully messy very fast. With diapering gear and some advance planning, you can make diaper changing cleaner and limit the spread of germs.
Tips for Healthy Diaper Changes at Home
- Choose a good location. “If you can confine changes to a changing table, that’s great,” says Laura A. Jana, MD, a pediatrician in Omaha, Neb., and co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn. If you change on the floor, try to use the same spot each time to keep from spreading germs. If possible, set up a changing station in the bathroom -- that way you’re close to the sink. “Don’t do changes on the kitchen counter,” says Robert W. Frenck Jr., MD, professor of pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. “You really don’t want to change a diaper in an area where people are preparing or eating food.”
- Start a diaper change with everything you need within easy reach. You will keep your baby safer if you keep your attention focused and also contain germs.
- Roll up the diaper carefully. If you can roll up the diaper and reseal the adhesive tabs, you’ll have a ball that’s more or less germ-free on the outside, Jana says.
- Get a diaper pail. Most people buy special diaper pails -- like the Diaper Genie or Ubbi products-- because they make the house smell a little less like a latrine.Because of the way diaper pails are designed, they can also reduce the spread of germs.
- Use distractions. Changing a squirming baby can be a real struggle. It’s also less likely to be sanitary. If your baby is a changing table squirmer, keep a couple of toys handy so that you can divert her attention. Once the diaper change is over, make sure to disinfect the toys.
- Wash. During diaper changes, a baby’s flailing hands -- and especially feet -- have the unfortunate tendency to land in poop. So after he’s changed but before he’s dressed, make sure that baby’s still clean. Wash off your baby’s hands. Whether or not you’ve actually seen your baby touch anything nasty during the diaper change, it’s still a good idea to wash her hands. Wash your own hands right away as well.
Edited FROM THE WEB MD ARCHIVES https://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/healthy-diapering#1