Most parents have heard about the dangers of BPA in infant bottles, and as such, stores usually sell BPA-free options.  However, there are other dangers that parents do not yet know about.

Disposable diapers pose a health risk to children.  We have previously reported on sanitary pads and tampons causing endometriosis through dioxin exposure.  Dioxins are a byproduct of chlorine, which is used during the bleaching process.  Dioxins accumulate in the body throughout the lifetime of victims.  Dioxin exposure as a child will impede the immune system of the individual forever.  It means that they will never be as strong as they should have been.  Dioxins are responsible for a range of reproductive and developmental problems, damaging the immune system, along with causing major hormonal imbalances and cancer.  Many infants are now exposed to dioxins 24 hours a day, and yet society wonders why girls are beginning puberty younger than ever, and hormonal disorders are becoming increasingly common in children.

Unfortunately, dioxin is not the only issue with disposable diapers.  Sodium Polyacrylate is an absorbent gel that is responsible for absorbing moisture inside the diaper.  It was once present in tampons, but was removed for causing Toxic Shock Syndrome.  Sodium polyacrylate has been implicated as a contributing factor of staph infections.  It is a skin irritant, because it is able to absorb all of the oils and moisture from the skin, yielding a drying effect.  It is no surprise, then, that problems like diaper rash are almost non-existent for babies having cloth diapers.  The effects of topical exposure to sodium polyacrylate have only been minimally studied, so we do not yet know what damage it is doing.  For the interest of our children, it is wise to err on the side of caution.

There are a variety of different dying agents used in diapers, ranging from indicators informing the parent of wetness, to colored patterns for improved appearances.  Infants are showing allergic reactions to these diapers, and parents of these children are typically unable to identify the diapers as the cause.  It is not uncommon for steroid creams to be used to treat these allergic reactions, with neither the doctor nor parent suspecting involvement by chemical dyes.

We strongly recommend that people look into the possibility of using cloth diapers, or at the very least, purchase unbleached, dye-free disposable diapers at a specialty or health food store.  The health of our children is worth the minor inconvenience.

 

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Geert Anthonis
# Love a good scare story Geert Anthonis 2010-12-14 22:29
Always fun to read a good scare. After all who wants to read all is well in the. Being 48 years old myself and my brother and sister all grow up using only washable diapers as at the time disposables were just to expensive for my parents. I love to hear my mother tell the horror stories of rashes and endless diaper washes.
Now that I am father myself, my wife and I made, after careful consideration, the decision to use mainstream disposable diapers for our 1,5 years son and 2 months old daughter. Very little problems with rashes. We found that it depends more on what our son eats than anything else whether he gets a little rash. All in all there has only been one serious case of diaper rash.
Plus all that talk about commercial diapers being non-degradable. A load of crock. I remove the absorbent material and add it to my soil and it is a joy to see our plants and vegetables thrive. Ok there is a bit of plastic left over that goes in the general garbage. You can not have it all.
Keep up the scaremongering!
Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)
# Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor) 2010-12-15 09:09
The previous message was traced to China. They are constantly attacking this site (40x more than all other countries combined), so they are obviously upset that this site is helping people to protect their children from the Chinese poisons, which are lacing children's products. The "Geert Anthonis" above is probably actually named something like 'Ling Shaw Ching Ku', and relishes the thought of someday conquering the United States.
Cassandra Crane
# Cassandra Crane 2011-09-14 03:17
For the record, every disposable ever made still exists, -Your right parts of it do break down but alot of it will take many many many more years.
Jessica Wright
# What about Seventh Generation?? Jessica Wright 2011-07-29 10:15
I use gDiapers when I'm at home and Seventh Generation disposables when out and about. I am now questioning Seventh Generation based on the fact that they use sodium polyacrylate. Should I be considered that this ingredient is in their diapers and look to switch? Any information would be much appreciated as I am a bit confused on what I'm reading from everywhere!
Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)
# Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor) 2011-07-29 13:29
Cloth diapers are the only completely safe diapers. That's it in a nutshell. All of the other "miracles of modern science" come with varying, and sometimes disputable levels of risk. Some of the risks can last a lifetime.
Kody McNeil
# Convenience over extra washing? Kody McNeil 2011-09-14 08:39
I have two daughters aged 4 and 2. I used disposable nappies from day 1 with both of them as it was a convenience thing more than anything and probably a naive thought that cloth nappies were still terry towel squares pinned securely to a child and a plastic pilcher! I am due to give birth to my third child in 8 weeks time and have a lovely collection of "modern" cloth nappies all washed, stuffed and folded ready to go. No matter how often i changed my 4 yr olds nappy she was forever getting a nappy rash, yet only rashes on 2 yr old during teething. So it will be interesting to see the difference in solely using cloth nappies on bub no. 3. I've already noticed the $$$$ saving - and the modern cloth nappies are so cute!And really what's an extra load of washing every 2 days?
Tabatha Swope
# Confused about it all!! Tabatha Swope 2013-03-22 22:59
I am trying to decide whether or not to switch to cloth, switch to organic disposables... but I just now found out about the risk of the dioxin and triclosan in my microbiology class. (We are on the antimicrobial chapter)But if triclosan is in the detergent you use to wash them... whats the point of getting cloth? Can I wash the cloth diapers in vinegar? Also ,are cloth diapers made with triclosan in the cloth? If there was a brand of disposables or cloth that were toxin free, which would any of you suggest? I hate to say it , but I am more worried about the health of my son than whether or not throwing away a couple of diapers is going to hurt a few fish.
Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2013-03-23 13:11
We do not recommend that people use harsh detergents, such as those that contain triclosan. There are natural, safe alternatives that use citrus oils and salts as cleaning agents. Organic cloth, which is usually 100% cotton, should not have been treated with triclosan. It is completely reasonable for you to place the safety of your son above any other factor. There is no need to feel any guilt about that.

Also, there are some dioxin-free disposable diapers available at Whole Foods, and another brand of chlorine-free, dye-free, perfume-free diapers at BabiesRUs. However, I don't know with certainty if they are also triclosan free. I would assume so, but you may wish to call the companies involved.
Ruth Ann Martin
# chemicals in diapers Ruth Ann Martin 2013-03-25 00:22
Even if your child isn't getting diaper rash from disposable diapers have you considered the chemicals in them that your child is absorbing? Just a thought.
Susan Yacovella
# Susan Yacovella 2014-09-30 11:06
I used cloth diapers with all my children. the mistake we make is by soking or using chlorine bleach on diapers which cause burns/diaper rash when urine comes in contact with chlorine. using dreft laundry soap fixes that. Also you could soak diapers in baking soda & water. For bad rash apply plain old cornstarch to the babys bottom with diaper changes, it works better than any otc product. It's cheap & no side effects. pleaseeee give this a chance.

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