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How To Prevent Baby Boy From Peeing Through Diapers

When it comes to changing my newborn son, I am at two disadvantages: one, this is my first child so I am a new mom, and two, I come from a family of predominately girls. This means I had no clue how to even change a boys diaper until taking an infant prep class when I was 8 months pregnant.

While it’s not rocket science (although I am glad I learned how to properly clean and care for his privates), nothing could prepare me for the wet mess a 2-week-old can make.

Now just about 3 weeks in, I have yet to master preventing my son from peeing through his clothes.

Here’s the situation: every so often (once or twice a day), when I go to hold, change or feed the baby, my hand discovers a wet spot through his clothes in the back and to one side. This pee spot actually is a bit higher than the start of his diaper which makes me wonder how it even gets drenched there.

I do make sure to change him often because he doesn’t cry when wet so peeing through his pants is no problem for him. My husband and I have tried to aim his private downwards during a diaper change so that it is not up and leaning to a side where the accident will happen. We even exchanged all the Huggies for Pampers Swaddlers, which fit him better and reduced the amount of pee blowouts, yet it still occurs. (I am dreading the inevitable poop blowout that I will face one day.)

As much as I love putting my son in adorable outfits, changing his clothes multiple times a day when you are exhausted is precious time taken away from that one thing you enjoyed most in life, sleep.

So after doing some of my own research, here’s the best ways to prevent this from happening.

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1. The Right Size

The most important thing is to make sure your baby is wearing the appropriate size diaper based on their weight. You don’t want to put the diaper on too tight, but make sure its tight enough on the waist to prevent his penis from wiggling around everywhere.

Many women say going a size bigger helps tremulously. Although they might not outgrow a particular size, the absorbancy might not be up to par on the smaller size so try a bigger size and fold the top and secure it tightly to better fit.

Once your baby is about to outgrow a diaper size, that’s when leaks start to happen, I read. Make sure to at least use a size up for bedtime.

Just keep in mind, this might not work in all cases—especially when the baby isn’t ready for a bigger size, which means an even bigger mess will happen if the diaper is more loose.

2. The Right Brand

Like I did, try switching brands to find the best fit. Many mommys on discussion boards say that changing brands is a life changer. There are many who say Huggies are the best for them, others prefer Luvs or Pampers or even Target brand. Find the one that’s best for your baby when it comes to the size and fit.

3. Cloth Diapers

Many parents also recommend using cloth diapers to avoid this problem. Somehow they don’t have this problem when ditching disposable for cloth. Then again, many might not want to deal with the cleanup on this option.

4. Change Often

This might be obvious, but change your baby’s diaper often so it’s not soaked with urine. Make sure to also change before the baby goes to sleep and before you go to sleep.

5. Overnight Diapers

Brands like Huggies and Pampers sell overnight diapers that are more absorbent for preventing overnight leaks. They are a bit more expensive, but could be worth every penny if it means you aren’t changing clothes and crib sheets in the middle of the night. Plus these are only used at nighttime so a box should last longer than day time diapers.

Have you faced this problem? Let me know how you prevent leaky diapers.

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Launch Of The New Baby & Parenting Corner

Welcome to the  NEW BABY & PARENTING CORNER!!!

I have been blessed with a beautiful, healthy and happy baby boy who made his grand entrance into the world on November 8. So now that I have joined the highly esteemed mommy club, I wanted to launch a new section on this site dedicated to all things baby–-from health articles, how to’s, what to expect and more—and parents—from personal stories and struggles, to tips and lots more.

I am in no shape or form an expert in these categories, but rather aim to inform, educate and learn with my readers along the way, as well as get real as to the experiences a new mom or dad will face based on the hurdles and milestones I face in embracing in this new role and growing with my child.

I hope some will be able to relate and know they aren’t alone in taking on this new job. I also welcome parents to share their own experiences or advice in the comment section.

 

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Can Toddlers Drink Coffee? Study Shows Parents Give Coffee To Kids

If you are anything like me than you need at least a cup (or two) of coffee to start your morning. Coffee was once frowned upon in the health world, but a new study in the journal Heart found that those who consumed three to five cups a day had cleaner arteries than non-coffee drinkers.

While coffee in reasonable amounts may be goof for us (thanks to antioxidants), does that mean that we should start drinking at an early age? How early is too early? Can toddlers drink coffee?

While that may seem like a bizarre question to ask, a new study found that parents are actually giving coffee to their toddlers.

The study from the Boston Medical Center revealed that 15 percent of Boston parents allow their toddlers to drink up to four ounces of coffee each day.

Girls commonly drank coffee compare to boys, and Hispanic toddlers were more likely to consume the caffeine than their counterparts.

The findings could have ties to culture. For example, its common for young children to drink coffee in places like Ethiopia, Australia and Cambodia. “I’m English and I’ve been drinking tea since I was a very small child,” Dr. Anne Merewood associate professor at Boston University School of Medicine and study’s author said. “It’s a cultural thing, they just feed the baby what everyone else is eating.”

It only makes sense that young children would want to mimic their mommas and enjoy a Starbucks latte themselves. Plus many sugary coffee drinks that are featured at coffee chains looks delicious enough to lure kids in. There are even “babyccinos,” flavored steams milk with whipped cream popping up on some coffee menus.

Even this baby likes coffee.
Even this baby likes coffee.

It’s important to remember that sweet coffee drinks could add to child obesity. Not to mention that fact that caffeine can cause irritability, insomnia, and acid reflux.

While studies have linked coffee consumption to reduced risk of Parkinson’s is ease, type 2 diabetes, depression, and heart disease, let’s just wait to our kids are a bit older before they start their coffee addiction.

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YouTube Obesity Awareness Video Says Stop The Cycle

More than one-third of American adults are obese. Obesity is caused by poor dietary habits, a lack of exercise, and overall sedentary lifestyle. Many of these habits take root in childhood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 17% of children ages 2 to 19 are obese in the U.S.

While the rates of childhood obesity still remain high, a new YouTube video attempts to stop the cycle.

Uploaded by Your Nutrition Spot, the anti-obesity video opens with an overweight man being rushed into the emergency room for some obesity-related illness. Obesity can cause diabetes, strokes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and a laundry list of other complications.

The obesity awareness video followed the man’s daily routine, rewinding in time to his childhood. Viewers see how he rarely exercises and when he does he is out of breath. Even throwing a Frisbee with his child gets him winded. He eats unhealthy foods, drinks soda, and spends time in front of the TV.

As the video progress, we follow him through his past habits of being an unhealthy teenager who plays video games. In his childhood, he stashes candy in his drawers and sits on the bench at the park.

The child’s mother is seen giving him juice instead of water and happy meals. When the man is a fussy toddler, the mother gives him French fries to calm him down.

“I still can’t believe you give this child French fries,” a friend tells the mother. “It’s the only thing that will make him stop,” the mother says through a teeth-clenching fake smile.

“Your child’s future doesn’t have to look like this,” the obesity video reads, as doctors cut through the man’s shirt on the hospital table.

Parents are urged that there is still time to prevent adult obesity if they follow healthy habits. Parents should lead through example and encourage their children to make healthy choices. Treats like soda or junk food is okay to have every once in a while, but it should be just that—a treat. These “bad” foods should not become part of a child’s every day diet.

While the video is stirring controversy for being a bit harsh, this is a real world epidemic that needs awareness.

Obesity kills; stop the cycle now.

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The bully evolves: Preventing cyber bullying

People are naturally social creatures. We learn to interact with others right from the womb, but the path in which we are taught to treat people can often lead down different courses, resulting in actions that lie on fine lines. Just like we are taught early on to love and respect one another, children also pick up seemingly violent behavior. Whether it is from television, video games, or the like, violence is often encouraged at an early age.

This violence that is presented in forms of entertainment can carry into the realities of the youth. It is safe to say that bullying has always been around. It seems like there will always be a bully that will pick on the weak, whether it be from insecurities, troubles at home, or for whatever reason. Can bullying be looked at a survival of the fittest coping technique of the schoolyard?

Furthermore, since the birth of the internet, bullying has evolved. Cyber bullying can often be more dangerous than traditional interpersonal communication. What starts in the halls of schools, often carries its way home with kids like a bad case of school lice. Leech-like personas are formed online, most the time anonymously, where these bully begin to suck and drain their victims. We have begun to see this tragic trend of children (as young as 10-years-old) take their own lives because they can no longer deal with the pain of the mental abuse and harassment.

Holli Kenley, family therapist and author of  “Cyber bully No More:Parenting A High Tech Generation,” told Sex and Politics radio show that to prevent cyber bullying, the parent needs to take proactive role. Children and teens should be monitored in terms of their access to the internet, cell phones and social media sites.

“From the research that we have, we have 160,000 students staying home  from school each day from traditional bullying,” Kenley stated. That’s 3 million per month. In the cyber world, Kenley believes that one in four youths are cyber bullied.

Cyber victims are reluctant to report because they don’t think anyone will believe them, or if they do speak up, they think nothing can be done. They also think that retaliation will occur, especially from the cyber world.

“If we look at other social issues, whether it be drugs or alcohol, or whatever social issue is that is challenging the youth at that time….(the school) they aren’t able to handle this problem themselves,”  said Kenley.

Experts are beginning to think that cyber bullying is becoming an almost normal aspect of communication and often infectious, whereas many young people are thinking since everyone else is doing it, I should too. Forms of cyber bullying include: inclusion, trickery, and outing.

But communities, the youth, schools and parents all play a crucial role in shaping the future generation.  Kenley believes that prevention cannot begin until we examine causation. Strong family bonds with open communication should be formed so that victims won’t be afraid to speak up.

Although the internet is a powerful tool, but it can often cause moral disengagement. There should be no reason for a child to take their own lives before they have had the chance to even live them. Just like a parent should want to know who their child’s “real” friends are,  they should also be familiar with virtual friends.

Should bullies be harshly punished for such crimes? Do these people even feel any remorse for pushing pain so deep into their victims that they think the only way they can escape it and end it is to end their lives? Teaching our youth to love and respect each other is so important with shaping their character. We should not encourage violence and teach children to accept people for who they are- flaws and all.

Cyber bullying should be taken seriously. When parents hand over technology, they need to teach their children that privileges comes with responsibility.