We went several months without having any diaper leaks. But this past week, my son started having daily poop-splosions. At least once a day now, he needs an entire clothing change and often so do I! Has anyone found a way to prevent poop blow outs?

asked 23 Nov '09, 14:36

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Are the blow outs coming out the leg holes or up the back?

(23 Nov '09, 23:56) Sabrina

Sometimes the legs and sometimes up the back.

(24 Nov '09, 02:43) cat_g

I don't think so, perhaps using a bigger diaper? Is it to adjusted?
Perhaps it's too small for him already

That happens to us but it's always because we put the diaper wrong


answered 23 Nov '09, 15:00

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Blowouts are bound to happen, but yes, if they've started to happen consistently, then you may want to go up a size in diapers. Also, make sure the safety skirts around the leg openings aren't folder back up in the diaper.

(23 Nov '09, 15:59) Kate

I agree. We found that the weights on the diapers were way off. You may notice an overlap for weights in the sizes? We always had to switch to a bigger size as soon as my daughter reached the minimum weight for the larger size diaper.

I'm not sure what brands of diapers are available to you but we noticed that Huggies always leaked.

(23 Nov '09, 20:23) Tammy ♦♦

I'm using huggies, and had to start with the 6.5 kg - 9.5 kg (Size M) when he was actually 6 kg

(23 Nov '09, 20:45) JJJ

Thanks for the suggestions. I am very careful about putting the diaper on well and I always check the flaps around the leg openings. He was wearing size 4 diapers which starts at 22lbs. He is just over 22lbs now so I thought the size 4 would fit for a while. Anyway, we are going to try the next size up. Hopefully that will solve our messy situation!

(24 Nov '09, 02:49) cat_g

Let us know how that worked out for you!

(24 Nov '09, 12:59) JJJ

Just wanted to let you know that we moved up to size 5 a few days ago, and so far so good! He's only 6 months old. I noticed that the biggest diaper size seems to be size 6. I hope we don't run out of diaper sizes before he's potty trained!

(28 Nov '09, 19:15) cat_g

Great! Glad it worked for you

(28 Nov '09, 20:10) JJJ
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We've had terrific luck with Pampers and when we hit blowouts we always move to the next size up, no matter what the sizes are on the packs. I should also mention that sometimes the blowouts are our fault, if we forget to change her or she has peed a lot then a poop in a full diaper of pee often results in a blowout.


answered 24 Nov '09, 01:25

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I know most people suggest moving up a diaper size if they experience blow outs, but my experience has been the opposite.

It is fairly rare for my kids to have diaper blow outs, but it did happen to me just a couple of weeks ago. I just moved my son (15 mo. old) up to size 3 diapers and he had 2 blow outs, I moved him back down to size 2 and 0 blow outs. I ran out of size 2 and so went back to using the rest of the size 3 and just put the diaper on tighter and 0 blow outs.

I think if the diaper is too loose around the back or leg areas then it tends to creap up & out easier. I suppose the quality of the diaper may have a lot to do with it as well as some are more stretchier and some are more stiff around the waist/leg areas.

I am sort of a diaper changing maniac though. I tend to change diapers a lot more frequently than other people may. My neighbor's son 2 1/2yr old has diaper blow outs on a more regular basis because his diaper is only changed about 3 times a day. I change my kids 5-7 times a day.

I also notice my son will more likely have a blow out when he is sick and his stool is runnier.

My experience is probably not the norm, but just thought I'd put it out there. :)


answered 24 Nov '09, 06:29

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Wow size 2! My daughter is just under 15 months and wears size 5. I guess the sizes aren't necessarily standard. Or she's just a bit of a giant.

(25 Nov '09, 02:16) Tammy ♦♦

My son is pretty small for his age, I'm sure she's not a giant - lol. We had his check up today and he was 19.5 pounds, below the 5th percentile and he's in the 75th percentile for height. He is now consistently wearing size 3. :)

(26 Nov '09, 00:02) Sabrina

We just moved my little guy up to size 5. At 6 months and 22lbs, he is above the 97th percentile for his age. He has really big legs, so it is hard to get the diapers closed.

(28 Nov '09, 19:12) cat_g
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