As the most popular time for family vacations, summertime is also known for having higher incidents of diaper rash, as well as water-related infections. Approximately 80 of parents report that their baby experiences skin irritations during warmer weather, with the most common affliction being heat rash at 48, followed by diaper rash at 29 and general skin irritations at 22.1 Vacationing families have a higher likelihood of dealing with these issues, especially when visiting the beach, water parks or swimming pools, as salt water and chlorine are known for wreaking havoc on a baby’s skin.(1)
The hot, humid weather of summer fuels the development of diaper rash for babies, primarily due to excess moisture that cannot escape diapers, which are designed to trap moisture.(2) To not only protect against developing diaper rashes but to also treat existing irritation, parents must frequently check their baby’s diaper for wetness – preferably, in a sanitary diaper-changing area away from the water to help prevent water contamination.
Trying to hold a baby on a makeshift changing table, while fumbling for supplies in a diaper bag and getting diaper rash cream all over your hands can quickly turn into a vacation inconvenience . Being prepared and utilizing hands-free applicators can make frequent diaper changes a breeze.
As a mother of three myself, I understand the trials and tribulations of trying to change a baby’s diaper in not-so-perfect conditions, while traveling in the heat of summer. It was these moments that inspired me to develop Swabbies patented single-hand applicator to distribute an organically based diaper rash cream that is great to use at home and even when families are on the go. My top tips for sanitary diaper changes during summer travel:
1. Wash off chlorine, salt water and beach sand from your baby immediately after they’re done playing.
a. Thoroughly dry the area and apply a quick-acting diaper rash cream to act as a barrier to moisture and the summer sun.
2. If traveling by plane, board prepared with a portable changing pad, plenty of diapers and wipes, and mess-free diaper rash cream to make diaper changes easier, especially in germy locations such as airplane bathrooms.
1. Reporter, Lifestyle. “Summer Skin: Keeping Babies Cool and Comfortable during the Heatwave.” Leitrim Observer, 27 June 2018.
2. Wodtley, Jill. “Don’t Let Diaper Rash Dampen Summer Fun.” Inside Children’s Blog, 14 July 2016.
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