Kids Home > You and Your Baby -- Week 6
At week 6, you and your baby likely have a good routine going; you may even be getting more sleep. By this time, your 6-week-old baby may have experienced diaper rash, which is common. The goal is to catch the rash early and treat it as soon as possible. If you are experiencing signs of postpartum depression in week 6, it's important to contact your healthcare provider.
6-Week-Old Baby: An OverviewYour baby is now six weeks old. As you have become more efficient at understanding and attending to your baby's needs, you should feel good about yourself -- you're really getting the hang of this parenting thing! Hopefully, things have been getting a little easier and you have been able to get some quality sleep.
Even better, maybe you have been able to get back to some of your pre-pregnancy routines, like date night! It is so important to keep the lines of communication open and actively nurture the relationship with your partner.
Tip of the Week -- Dealing With Diaper RashDiaper rash will affect almost every baby at least once. There are some things that parents can do to minimize the chances of their infant getting diaper rash. Some recommendations include:
- Changing diapers frequently
- Airing out the skin as often as possible
- Using "sensitive" wipes and super-absorbent diapers.
However, even with the most diligent care, a diaper rash is likely to happen at some point with every baby.
Inside a baby's diaper is a confined and typically moist area. Especially with today's disposable diapers and their incredible leak protection, very little air is able to circulate through the diaper. Heat and moisture are trapped inside, and that creates the perfect environment for a diaper rash.
If your baby gets a little diaper rash, it is important to know that it is not your fault. It happens. The trick is catching it early and making it go away as quickly as possible. Besides following the diaper rash prevention suggestions listed previously, there are a number of diaper rash creams and ointments available that can both treat and help prevent diaper rash.