How To Prevent Diaper Blowouts & Leakage
Babies are amazing blessings and you all would agree that they can also be the biggest mess makers! Sure, we’ve all had that feeling. When we see that there’s a messy diaper, yet again...right after you just changed it too! What's going on? Most parents deal with diaper blowouts and leaks, they are the best-kept secrets of diaper wearing. These unfortunate occurrences can be quite the headache, create more work for a clean-up, and call for an unplanned load of laundry and even an entire bed sheet swap.
You might think blowouts are a normal part of parenting and that diaper blowouts are inevitable, but the truth is there is an easy way to prevent them!
What is a Diaper Blowout?
A diaper blowout is when your baby's diaper leaks, both number one and or two.
Diaper blowouts happen due to many reasons. The most common cause of diaper blowouts is as simple as not changing enough diapers during the day. This causes a build-up of urine inside your baby's diaper causing it to swell up, not only causing a very uncomfortable situation for your baby but it all coming out. Blowouts can vary depending on how old your child is, how much they are pooping, fit, the position of the diaper, and most importantly the type of diaper they are wearing.
Main causes of diaper blowouts:
- Diaper size is incorrect
- Unsuitable clothing size
- Diaper fit is not proper
- The way of holding a baby with a poopy diaper. For example, pressing against the baby’s bottom.
- The choice of Diaper brand
Tips on how to prevent diaper blowouts and leakage
Diaper blowouts are extremely common, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prevent them! Here are some tips to try:
Put the Diaper on securely
Babies tend to move often. Hence, securing the proper setup of their diaper is a must. The diaper must be loose not too tightly – pulled up just beneath the belly button, just comfortable enough to reduce gaps between the skin and diaper avoiding poop that can escape. Here are 3 things to check to ensure that the diaper is on securely:
- Always make sure not to miss checking the corners or leg gusset it might have bunched up. Always check that the diaper is comfortable pulled up to the belly button.
- Make sure that the diaper is snug, a good fit by positioning the tabs on the side, not overlapping to avoid that tight belt feeling.
- Cuffs must be wrapped neatly around your baby's legs and bottom. Make sure to run your fingers around the edges to make sure the cuffs are pulled out, after putting on the diaper for ultimate comfort.
Choose the right diaper size
Your baby’s diaper may be too big or too small thus causing leaks and or blowouts. Just like any other garment diaper fits every baby differently, use a size chart as a guide but watch for wear marks and fit when you try them on your baby. All babies move up and down on size charts depending on their body style.
For example, here at Parasol our Clear+Dry™ Natural Disposable Diapers, Size 1 diaper range from 7-14 pounds and size 2 range from 12-18 pounds. So if your baby is wearing size 1 and experiencing blowouts, try moving to size 2. Our babies grow rapidly. The bigger the size the more room for absorbency holding enough space for pee and poop avoiding leaks. Check the weight range for Clear+Dry™ Natural Disposable Diapers and Natural Disposable Diaper Pants.
You can even opt for monthly diaper subscription of our natural diapers after choosing the size.
Change that wet diaper
A dry diaper tends to hold pee and poo longer. A blowout is more likely to occur when it’s too full. Make sure to set up a diaper change schedule that is in sync with your baby. Track their wet and messy diapers and make sure to change within those times. The common times include:
- Before and after night bedtime
- Before & after short naps
- After mealtime
- When the wetness indicator changes color.
Consult with your pediatrician, if you notice different stool and pee
If diaper blowouts happen more often than not and you used the notes above and they are still happening, you may now want to monitor soiled diapers. You might also want to take a look at what your baby is eating to see if there are any food intolerances or allergies that could be causing loose stools. If there is, you may need to alter what your baby is eating. Bring this up at their next doctor visit to make sure there is not an issue with your little.