While you can clean your baby with a wet washcloth, disposable wipes offer you the convenience of not having to clean the washcloth and are especially handy when you’re out traveling with the baby. A good-quality wipe cleans the baby well enough and also eliminates the need for soap and water.
Choose the Right Wipes
Your baby’s skin may be sensitive to certain wipes. Hence, you need to be extremely cautious of what wipes you are using. One of the ways to choose the right wipes is to buy a trial pack and test it a few times. Discontinue use if you notice any redness or itchiness.
The ideal wipes
Ideal baby wipes must not have harsh chemicals such as alcohols, perfumes or chlorine as these may cause allergy and skin irritation. Also, the wipes should be soft, large, and able to retain moisture for long.
Things to remember while using wipes:
- If your baby is suffering from diarrhea, repeatedly wiping the area may inflame the skin. Do not rub too vigorously and ask your doctor for an ointment to be applied after each cleaning
- If your baby has a diaper rash and using wipes is aggravating it, consult your doctor. Try herbal or organic wipes as they are gentler on the skin.
- For a baby girl, never wipe from back to front (bottom to the vagina).It may cause the bacteria to lodge itself firmly in the vaginal area and cause infection. The reverse is true for boys