Children are prone to accidents. Babies are especially prone to getting hurt, especially in activities involving heights and loose objects. Diaper changing is just one of those daily occurrences in which a parent needs to practice safety. Dangers can come in different forms, whether by physical accidents, illness, and the like.
Safe diaper changing basically involves changing diapers at a safe place, and practicing cleanliness while doing so.
Safety while changing. Diaper changing tables are designed for a purpose. While it should be all right to change diapers elsewhere, you might run the risk of falling, suffocation or other accidents. A safe changing table should have railings, and should be slip resistant. This should prevent any untoward incident in which your baby might roll off and fall. You should also consider a changing table with a belt or strap, so you can be sure the baby is strapped in safe while changing.
Have all accessories within reach. Another common reason why accidents occur during diaper changing is when the parent has to reach for accessories elsewhere. This could include diapers, wipes, cotton balls, baby powder, and the like. Don’t leave your baby unattended. Make sure you have everything you need in front of you. If your diaper changing table has drawers or racks, then you should already store diapers and other cleaning materials there.
On the other hand, you should keep dangerous or important objects away while you are changing your baby’s nappy. If you have jewelry, or if you’re wearing something expensive, then you run the risk of soiling these while changing diapers. If your child also has toys in his hand, these might fall into a soiled diaper.
Practice good hygiene. Wrong diaper changing habits can result to illnesses. When changing your baby’s diapers, be sure to wash your hands beforehand. You never know what kind of germs and dirt could be in your hands when they get in contact with your baby’s skin. Then, when wiping your child, do so in a front-to-back manner. This should always be the case, especially if your child is a girl. Wipe her bottom from front to back, so that germs and dirt will not make their way into her genitals.
After changing, be sure to dispose of soiled diapers in a sealed diaper bag. If you’re using plastic bags, you should at least tie it airtight. Afterwards, wash your hands thoroughly.
Public places. You might find yourself in a situation where you have to change diapers in a public place. The same safety practices will apply. If you’re changing at a public restroom, make sure that it has a sturdy diaper changing table, with adequate space and with a harness. Lay out all your changing accessories and implements in front of you so you won’t have to reach into your bag when you need something. Most modern strollers also allow for safe diaper changing. Again, be sure to practice hygiene before, during and after changing, such as hand washing and front-to-back wiping.
Changing a child’s diapers is probably among the least fun part of parenting. However, it’s definitely a necessity, and therefore parents should know what to do and what to avoid during nappy changes. Practicing good hygiene and safety during diaper changes can help avoid illness and accidents.