08 July, 2021

All you need to know about the basics of diapering your baby

Using a diaper seems to be a very easy task but if certain basic rules are not followed during diapering, it can lead to diaper rash, skin infection, urinary tract infections etc.

Cloth diaper vs. disposable diaper –

  • Both kind of diapers have their own set of pros and cons.
  • Cloth diapers have to be changed immediately after they are soiled.
  • Cloth diapers allow flow of air and babies are less likely to develop diaper rash.
  • Disposable diapers absorb urine and prevent the baby from feeling the wetness but if the child passes stools they also have to be changed immediately.
  • Air circulation is not good in disposable diapers increasing chance of baby developing diaper rash.
  • Some babies may be sensitive to the material used in disposable diapers.
  • If a baby develops diaper rash with disposable diaper it is best to use cloth diapers till the time the rash heals.

Cleaning cloth diapers –

  • Cloth diapers should be washed separately.
  • They should be soaked for a longer duration before washing.
  • Detergents should be preferred to washing soap.
  • Detergents containing fragrances or fabric softeners should not be used as they can cause irritation to baby’s skin.
  • Disinfectants like Dettol or Savlon can be used. Add approximately 1 cap to 1 bucket of water during soaking.
  • Rinse thoroughly to ensure that all detergent and disinfectant is washed off.

Diaper change –

  • Once the baby has passed stools the diaper should be changed immediately and the area should be cleaned thoroughly.
  • Wipes or cotton balls can be used for cleaning.
  • If you feel your baby is developing a rash after use of a particular brand of wipes, you can try changing the brand or try using cotton balls.
  • For baby girls always clean from front to back (start from vaginal area and then go up to perianal area). This helps in preventing urinary tract infection.
  • The area should be dried after cleaning by patting with a clean cotton cloth. Never rub the area.
  • If your baby has sensitive skin or has a diaper rash, apply diaper rash cream after cleaning and drying.
  • Wash your hands before and after a diaper change.
  • Put on diaper a little loosely to allow for air circulation.
  • In new-born babies make sure the diaper is below the umbilical cord till the time it falls off.
  • If possible allow child to be diaper free or put on cloth diapers for a few hours every day.


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Important Vaccines in the first few years of baby’s life

The first few years are very essential for your baby’s general health and well-being. Your newborn may be at risk from deadly diseases such as polio, chickenpox, etc. Infectious viral diseases such as polio are caused by a virus that attacks a child’s nervous system and needs immunization or vaccination to prevent the same. For instance, immunization for polio are given in the form of Pulse Polio drops. When it comes to your baby’s health, you want to be absolutely sure and safe. Therefore, every parent wants to know more about the vaccinations to be administered to your child from the time of birth. Due to this very reason, pediatricians give out a vaccination schedule to the parents. This vaccination schedule has a list of all the mandatory and optional vaccines that your baby needs in his/her growing years to protect them from several diseases. Here is a quick roundup of the most important vaccines that your child may need in the first few years. Immunization Schedule for Newborn Baby Vaccination at Birth: There are three vaccines which are given as soon as the baby is born. These are: BCG: The Bacillus Calmette-Guérin is a vaccine given to prevent tuberculosis. It is a mandatory vaccine as there is a global attempt by health agencies to eradicated TB completely, especially in
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