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The most common problem with baby boys “leaking” is based on male anatomy. During a diaper change, you’ll typically have the baby on his back. The baby’s little penis may flop every random direction. If it’s pointing upwards when you put the diaper on, there’s a good chance that you get some spillage at the top and a mostly dry diaper, especially if a little ...


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You are dealing with two issues here: stool toileting refusal and the associated constipation. Constipation: Your doctor is probably recommending an enema because an impaction is preventing defecation at this point. I have an acquaintance who has had success in this same situation using a commercial suppository that is administered by eyedropper – you ...


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One of the main reasons a newborn (particularly such a new newborn!) dislikes diaper changes is the fact that they're cold. Really cold. Normally they have this nice warm layer on them that keeps them warm and cozy, and you're ripping that off of them with nary a care for their ... well, I'm sure that's what the newborn thinks, anyway. To avoid this, you ...


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I hate to say this (and I SWEAR it's not a pun) but it depends. For our daughter, pull-ups were more of a hassle than they were worth. She treated them like a diaper and was not interested in going into big-kid undies until we took them away and replaced them with training panties (the thick kind that can be soiled without causing a level 4 hazmat incident)...


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My experience with my son was this: every time he was experiencing a noticeable number of leaks, we went up a size and it addressed the issue. It's true that, on a couple of occasions, his penis was pointing upward when the diaper was put on and that contributed to some over the waistband escapes, but this also correlated with the diaper being too small.


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Potty training is so fun with kids. It's one step forward, two steps back, three steps forward, a shuffle to the side... In short, this sounds like one of the usual stops along the route towards full potty training. I don't see that you're doing anything wrong. Have you tried to talk with her about it? I don't know how verbal she is; my daughter was VERY ...


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Three ideas (one you might not like, but if it works...): Make sure he goes to the bathroom just before bed. Did wonders for our daughter. Try some higher-absorbency pullups. Since he's almost 6, maybe move to GoodNights or something similar for older kids with bladder control issues. You might just be overloading the capacity of the diaper. If you can ...


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No. As Peter commented, diapers/nappies have been used for hundreds of years and especially kept on at night to avoid nocturnal accidents. The common problem with them is nappy rash, and you are already well aware of that. Aside from that, they have had no effect on the healthy growth of legs. Nappies, especially modern ones, do not hold the legs apart. ...


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As Valkyrie said, no child goes to college in diapers. Don't put too much pressure on yourself or her as that tends to make things worse. If she has an accident, just gently remind her that pee pee and poop go in the potty--which she knows all ready, but you know how often you have to remind kids about stuff! Then find a way that she can help you clean up ...


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I'm at total loss of what to do, how to punish her, and what to believe. I'm desperate to find answers. If I were in your situation, I would be dumbfounded as to how my daughter managed to handle that condition/practice for so long, I really would. And I would be worried for her. But you've known about it for years. Why suddenly panic? But manage it she ...


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I do a body block by leaning across the baby's belly (without any weight being put on the baby) until I've got things cleaned up, up front. It also prevents the child rolling over and escaping the area where I am doing the changing. I can then move to a better angle for being certain I've got the back end fully cleaned up while knowing that at least the ...


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I was intrigued by your question. I wondered how much diaper changing had changed since I practiced Pediatrics (as an FP). I googled as well. I can't find a source that remotely suggested the practice, so I will say that it appears to be physiologically unnecessary. The American Academy of Pediatrics says nothing about that on it's baby care/diaper change ...


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That sounds relatively normal. Note that a newborn has no concept of day and night yet - at least in the sense of what is a time for activity or sleeping. Even older babies that have good "sleeping habits" often get an early evening bout of activity - the time window in the evening many working dads (and moms) enjoy. Also, being put down in the bassinet ...


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For a diaper to fit correctly, the following must be true: The back must go above the top of the "butt crack" or urine will leak out the back, because the crack breaks the seal If this isn't true, you probably need a bigger diaper so it can go higher up the back The straps must go above the hips, and be tighter than the hips or the diaper will slip ...


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There is no brand of diaper that is safe to flush down the toilet if you have a septic You should not flush disposable diaper liners or wipes either, nor tampons, cotton swabs or cotton balls. Basically the only thing you should allow to enter a septic system is urine, feces, and toilet paper. Even food should not go into the system, which is why you won't ...


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Is he able to articulate at all why he's scared to poop? (Our daughter was afraid of what happened to the poop after it was flushed. Once she groked that she was good to go.) Finding the reason for his fear will probably go a long way towards you finding a solution for this problem. Maybe try the book It Hurts When I Poop. Did wonders for my nephew with ...


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Make sure the changing area is safe. Floor is best. Make lying down part of a game. Introduce "hide and seek" games - throw thin gauzy material over the face and gently pull it off, sayig "peek a boo!" Try introducing music. Try seperating the proces out into several distinct steps to reduce discomfort and risk. Thus, strip clothes then have a break. ...


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As a first step, don't water down his milk at bed time. That's just giving him extra fluids without nutritional value that won't do much to make him feel full. With straight milk, he will probably consume a bit more calories, but not so much fluid, giving him less need to pee. It may also be a good idea to set a fixed amount you feed him every night. No ...


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My suspicion is that it is not linked to health, but instead linked to ensuring you check the child's diapers on a regular basis, and proving to the parents that you are. Your kindergarten/daycare may operate differently from mine, but the daycare we used for the first few years (which was a large center) did something similar; diapers were changed every 2 ...


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Take option 1. First, let the other passengers waiting know what are doing. Make sure that both parents go to the bathroom. One parent stands outside supplying wipes, a bag for the poopy nappy, etc etc, the other does the dirty work. Make sure you have plenty of wipes, a plastic bag for the nappy, a bag for any clothes that get soiled, a fresh change of ...


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As a mother of three (for 20 years) and daycare provider for over 10 years here is the best way that I can answer this, and any other potty training/diaper question. Potty training has NOTHING to do with diapers, cloth or disposable. Potty training is about your individual child's readiness and consistent parental guidance. I've seen so many different ...


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My younger son struggled with night-time wetting until he was 14. In his younger years, we weren't too worried about it; I had several friends who assured me he would grow out of it. He was a VERY heavy sleeper, and even if I went in to wake him for a bathroom break in the middle of the night, he didn't really wake up. I actually stopped doing that after I ...


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The first answer post is right on the money. Definitely use the in plane lavatory if your baby #2s during the flight. I found it helpful that I had an extra swaddling blaket to lay down on the changing surface. One of my flights did not have a fold down changing table which made it a little more difficult, but all parents learn to improvise. My advice is to ...


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In China, babies and toddlers wander around without diapers, only a flap in the back of their clothes, even in the coldest winter, in order to quickly do their business. Apparently, they can potty train from as early as two months (hearsay). How could a nation of over a billion people be wrong?


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One of the challenges of the toddler stage is that things that worked one time won't work the next. The flip of that is that things that don't work one time might the next. Doing the whole change standing up worked pretty well for us. For a wet diaper this is totally the way to go. And if you discover it's a dirty diaper, you can explain - "I can't clean ...


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We had the same problem. Then the nurse suggested to feed the baby before changing him. So my wife would feed him from one side, letting the baby soothe, then we would change him (without crying this time), finally feed on the other side. Make sure you make the baby burp before changing, or the "handling" may cause reflux. My son was born in winter, so we ...


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One tip we got at the hospital when our first baby was born : when you hold the baby's feet up with one hand (while using the other hand to wipe or manipulate the diaper), make sure you do not clench his/her ankles together as this can be painful (for the baby). So hold one little foot between thumb and index finger, and the other between index finger and ...


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In my sons' case, they both had severe reflux that was triggered by them lying on their backs. So diaper changing was painful for both of them. We tried a few things to mitigate this. Change the diaper on your lap instead of on a changing table. That way the baby's head can be elevated, which reduces the reflux. Keep them on the changing table, but on ...


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