Motherhood

Keeping Baby’s Diapered Skin Healthy

Whether you’re a new mom to be, mom of a toddler, mom who have school-aged kids, you’re bound to have so many questions.

Let’s start with your baby’s skin. Infant skin has unique needs; gentle care is essential to prevent damage to the skin barrier, which can lead to irritation. When caring for infant skin, especially in the diapered area, it is important to understand all the factors that contribute to skin irritation and lead to a rash. This means being selective about the products that you use is essential for caring for your baby’s skin. Using baby wipes formulated with a slightly acidic pH to complement baby’s skin pH helps keep the skin clean and healthy. Frequent diaper changes and the use of breathable, absorbent diapers that can quickly wick away excess moisture from your baby’s bottom can also help preserve the skin barrier integrity.

Your baby’s skin is the primary defense against the outside world providing protection from the physical, chemical, and biological dangers. It also helps regulate babies’ body temperature and contains nerve cells that allow babies to experience touch. At birth, healthy infants have delicate skin which can be up to 30% thinner than adult skin, making them more susceptible to irritation. Infants born prematurely have even more fragile skin at birth, which increases their risk for skin damage and irritation. Skin will continue to develop throughout the first year of life, making it incredibly important to provide gentle care and protection to ensure baby’s skin stays healthy.

Why Huggies?
No one will ever care more for your baby’s health and wellness than you. Huggies diapers are made without harsh ingredients and provide up to 12 hours of leakage protection. These are also hypoallergenic and breathable with a pocketed waistband to help prevent blowouts, tiny pillows on the gentle liner to help keep baby’s skin dry and comfy.

Here’s a quick guide for keeping your baby’s diaper area healthy:

  1. Change & Check. Remove diapers containing poop as soon as possible to help minimize the impact of irritants on baby’s skin. Check the skin for signs of irritation at every diaper change.
  2. Gently and thoroughly clean the skin with baby wipes at every diaper change. Use properly formulated baby wipes that are designed to effectively remove urine and poop, be gentle on skin to help keep skin clean and healthy, and are pH balanced to match the slightly acidic pH of infant skin.
  3. Keep baby’s skin dry. Diapers with wetness indicators can help you know when it’s time to change the diaper.
  4. Gently contact the skin. Maintaining an intact skin barrier is essential for rash prevention. Using products that are made with gentle materials and are specifically designed to minimize friction against the skin can help mitigate the risk of skin barrier damage.

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