Meet the Sullivans: Change for the Better with DESITIN Cream

November 4, 2015

Change for the Better with DESITIN Cream

When we brought Owen home from the hospital I was sure I had no idea what I was doing with this precious little baby boy. I thought my motherly instincts would kick right in when we had him, and for the most part they did, but there were still a handful of little things I had to learn!

Nursing was a breeze, the lack of sleep was rough and diaper changes were anxiety inducing. You've never experienced working under pressure until you've changed the diaper of a screaming newborn... especially one with a diaper rash!

There was a huge learning curve for me as a first time mom, and so today I want to share a few diaper changing related tips with all of you that would have saved me had I know them from the get-go!

Be Prepared!
  • Set up a diaper changing station with all the things you need on all levels of your home. Yep, one downstairs and one upstairs, if you have an upstairs. Here's what I keep in mine (see picture above): Desitin, wet wipes, baby powder, fresh diapers, baby lotion, hand sanitizer and cotton swabs. 
  • Be sure to take all of your essentials with you in your diaper bag (click to see my diaper bag essentials) wherever you go, because you never know when a diaper situation will go down. 
  • Also, I keep a stash of diapers, wipes, plastic bags for disposing of the soiled diapers and Desitin diaper cream in the car too, just in case we forget the diaper bag.
Know the Symptoms!
  • Pinkness or redness over a small or large area, wherever the diaper touches
  • Flaking, dryness or peeling/scaling of the skin
  • Chafing from friction of the diaper rubbing against baby's skin
  • Sensitivity of affected areas, skin is more sensitive and may be warm to the touch
  • Dry raised bumps, or fluid-filled raised bumps
  • Edema, or swelling
Know the Causes!
  • Closed environment created by diaper prevents air from reaching baby's bottom and increases warmth and moisture.
  • Friction from rubbing against diaper or in skin folds, makes it easier for irritating substances to penetrate skin.
  • As urine breaks down, the pH of the skin rises causing enzymes from the feces to become more active further irritating baby's skin.
  • Infant skin hasn't yet developed the defenses to prevent bacteria from entering the compromised tissue.

Do you use Desitin? If you do, or if you're interest in giving it a try, you'll want to make sure to head over to the Target Cartwheel app and grab the coupon for 25% off!

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