Diaper changing

Diapering areas in child care centres are important to consider to prevent the spread of germs.

The following measures are important infection prevention and control practices for such areas:  

  • Keep the diapering stations separate from food preparation, eating and activity areas
  • Ensure the surface for diapering is made of a smooth, non-porous and cleanable material
  • Dedicate a hand wash sink close to the diapering station with warm water, soap and disposable towels
  • When diapering a child, it is important to ensure that staff wash their hands prior to putting on gloves and handling the soiled diaper
  • Gloves should be removed after handling the soiled diaper, followed by hand washing
  • Gloves are single use and should not be used for another task or for diapering another child
  • Place soiled diapers immediately in a nearby garbage can with a secure lid and disposable liner; a foot operated garbage can is preferred
  • Ensure personal diapering items are clearly labelled for each child (creams, wipes and diapers); do not use a child's dedicated items on another child
  • If a child's clothing becomes soiled, place it in a plastic bag and send home for laundering
  • Use an appropriate cleaner and disinfectant to clean the diapering surface between each use (e.g., after each diaper change)
  • Assist children with hand washing after diapering

For more information, call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744

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