Why do diaper blowouts happen?
Diaper blowouts happen when a diaper fails to hold the baby’s content (feces and urine). This unexpected leakage can wet the bed, baby’s clothes, etc. making it unpleasant for parents to deal with it. Diaper blowouts are a common problem that occurs during the early months and years of a baby’s life. It generally happens because of the ill-fitting of the diaper.
What are the factors affecting diaper blowouts?
Diaper blowouts can vary from minor to more significant leakage making it unpleasant to deal with. Many factors such as the baby’s age, diaper size, style and quality, diet, pressure on the diaper, overfilling, bowl moments, and baby activity may affect diaper blowouts.
How to prevent diaper blowouts?
Dealing with diaper blowouts can be difficult and frustrating for parents or caregivers. Parents always want to make their babies comfortable, happy, and clean. But, this can only happen by knowing the proper techniques and choices that will reduce these messy and inconvenient situations. Read also: How Often To Change Newborn Diaper (Parent Guide)
Here are some tricks and techniques that will reduce diaper blowouts:
- Choosing diaper size
One of the main reasons for diaper blowouts is choosing the wrong diaper size for your baby. Too small and too large diapers always cause leakage. Make sure to select or choose the right diaper size according to your baby’s age and weight.
- Fitting of diaper
After choosing the right size of the diaper, ensure that you are putting it correctly on the baby. Always make sure that the diaper fits around the legs and waist completely. Don’t fit the diaper tightly. For proper seal, remove gaps and wrinkles in the diaper.
- Elastic waistbands
Using elastic waistbands in diapers prevents leaks and provides a better fit for your baby. They reduce blowouts by conforming to your baby’s body.
- Changing diaper regularly
When your baby wears a diaper too long, it becomes saturated causing blowouts. Changing diapers regularly is crucial to prevent leakage. Make sure that you are changing your baby’s diaper after every 2 to 3 hours.
- Diaper inserts
When you feel wetter you can use diaper inserts or make them double, they will increase absorbency and reduce the risk of leakage or diaper blowouts. You can also use them at nighttime.
- Your baby diet
If your baby is eating something that may increase the risk of bowel movements, make sure to change their diet with the help of healthcare providers. Also after changes in your baby’s diet, be ready to deal with the changes in their diaper content.
- Preparation to travel
In the journey of parenting, traveling with your little ones can be challenging for you, but when you are fully prepared to deal with it, it makes a huge difference. Make sure that you are carrying extra diapers, wipes, and baby’s clothing with you. These precautions help you quickly manage your baby’s diaper blowouts.
What are the side effects of diaper blowouts?
- Skin irritation in baby
- Damage of clothes
- Additional laundry
- Disruption in daily life
- Use of more expense
Frequently asked question (FAQ)
What can I do when my baby keeps having blowouts at night?
You can use diaper inserts that will provide you with extra absorbency. Also, make sure to adjust diapers properly.
How can I prevent blowouts during traveling?
You can prevent blowouts using a good diaper that fits your baby perfectly. Also using diaper inserts boosts absorbance which will help you during traveling.
Do cloth diapers cause more blowouts than disposable diapers?
The severity of blowouts depends on both of them however it can be reduced by applying a diaper with the right size that fits properly.
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