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How many wet diapers should my baby have each day?

Posted by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 2:40 PM
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Although most babies have between four and eight wet diapers each day during the first few months of life, this number may vary, depending on the type of diapers used and the person changing them. Some parents change diapers with each feeding or every few hours, regardless of how wet the diapers seem. Other parents wait until a diaper feels heavy. Disposable diapers tend to absorb a great deal of liquid and therefore, may not seem wet until the baby has urinated several times.

Under routine circumstances, you do not need to worry about the number of wet diapers your baby has each day. Doctors often ask about the number of wet diapers when they are worried about possible dehydration, for example, when babies have vomiting and diarrhea, or nasal stuffiness that sometimes causes difficulty feeding. If it is hard to tell whether a disposable diaper is wet, you can place a cotton ball or a piece of paper towel in the diaper. Call your baby's doctor if the baby does not pass urine at least once every six to eight hours, as this may indicate that he is becoming dehydrated.

Last updated February 11, 2011
http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/29010/29741/336788.html?d=dmtChildGuide#2
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