Leaking through nappies

Clare Bateman - posted on 08/31/2016 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 13 months old has always drank a lot of water and now she has tea too. She was on Pampers premium from newborn to about 9 months but they don't make sizes 6 up so I had to change to something a bit bigger. I tried huggies gold, it leaked everytime she had a nappy on. It just goes straight through. Then I tried the nappy pants, same problem, then I tried cuddlers, same problem now im trying lovies and its a bit better but the nappy is not a great quality and it doesn't stick etc and material is flimsy. tears easily. What do I do? Any advise

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Sarah - posted on 08/31/2016

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I agree with eliminating the tea (is that a cultural thing?) and look for either overnights or diaper liners that you can put inside her diaper when she sleeps.
Like I mention to all parents who say their child drinks a lot and pees a lot; excessive thirst and excessive urination can be a sign of diabetes. So mention it to your doctor and get that ruled out. Then you can work to adjust her amount of fluid intake in the evening hours so she doesn't wet so much at night.

Jodi - posted on 08/31/2016

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Why would you give her tea? Tea has caffeine in it (not as much as coffee, but still has caffeine) which is not great for kids AND stimulates the bladder. This might be a part of why you are experiencing extra wet diapers.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/31/2016

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Look specifically for the "overnight" diapers for when she is sleeping. I believe they are huggies.
My concern isn't the leaking, that happens. My concern is the tea. Your daughter should only be drinking milk (formula, breast, or reg milk) water, and perhaps very diluted juice. Tea, depending on how you make it, can be so full of sugar. She will not get any nutrition from tea. If it contains caffeine, it can be a diuretic, which makes them pee more.
As far as leaking through diapers when she is awake, change her more frequently to prevent this from happening. Also, watch her fluid intake. She may be drinking to much liquid. This does not mean cut out all fluids, just watch how much per day you are giving her (most sippy cups and all bottles have a measurement of some sort) and take it from there.

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Jodi - posted on 08/31/2016

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"I'm just surprised that so many ladies say its not safe for them to consume."

When I commented, you hadn't said what type of tea.....hence why I commented about the caffeine.

Dove - posted on 08/31/2016

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A child of that age only needs milk (breast milk is still best, formula is OK, cow/goat milk is fine) and water.

I'm not sure how much you mean by a lot of water and other than going up a size in diapers or continuing to search for a different brand I don't know too much about diaper leakage either. My girls always used Huggies w/out much problem and my son always used Parent's Choice (unless someone gave us another brand or another brand was on sale for cheaper... or Walmart was out of his size at the time) w/out much problem either.

Clare Bateman - posted on 08/31/2016

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Sarah, there was no particular reason, he just stated at her check up that we could give her tea, and was quite happy in doing so. I never thought to do any sort of research but she has the baby rooibos tea. I will cut down on her tea if not altogether and also limit her water. Im just surprised that so many ladies say its not safe for them to consume. This is very common even amongst my friends, and I didn't even think it strange when we were told we could give it to her. Thank you for the helpful feedback

Clare Bateman - posted on 08/31/2016

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Rooibos contains no caffeine, has numerous trace minerals, including zinc, fluoride and copper, is low in tannin and is high in anti-oxidants. The tea is a safe drink for adults and children that has passed the test of long use, demonstrating that it is a true health drink. The zero caffeine content also means rooibos can be enjoyed by those who want to avoid the stimulating effects of caffeine and can be consumed in quantity by those who want to use it as a fluid replacement.

Sarah - posted on 08/31/2016

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I looked up that particular tea and it does not have sugar or caffeine. I find it an odd thing to give a baby, but if you trust your doctor then give it to her. What reason did he give for starting it? Since you and your doctor have discussed this, diabetes is not a concern so maybe just try to shift her intake to her day time hours and limit evening fluid intake. Does she go to bed with a cup or bottle or just drinks while she is up.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/31/2016

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Many people prepare tea with sugar, that is why I stated that. Why would he recommend tea? Did he have a reason? Can you look at the box and see if it is decaffeinated?

Clare Bateman - posted on 08/31/2016

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A cultural thing? Ummm no its not. I started giving her rooibos tea at 10 months as per my paedeatritions advise. Im a first time mom, and I was not aware that there was sugar in the tea as it is rooibos and we don't add sugar. Excuse my negligence. She is not constantly thirsty, I think she just drinks out of habit. My Dr has always said it was a good thing that she drank so much. It has never been a problem and she is very healthy.

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