When it comes to disposable diapers, many parents have no clue just how they are made and exactly what can be found inside of them. The truth, just might frighten you a little bit.
1. Disposable diapers contain Dioxin. Dioxin an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S.
3. Dyes cause irritation. Certain dyes used to add color to disposable diapers have been shown to cause allergic reactions resulting in the form of a diaper rash. Repeated exposure of this dye can cause a lifelong allergy. A study revealed that the rashes only occurred in the places where the skin was in direct contact with the dyed part of the diaper.
4. Disposable diapers have been linked to scrotal cancer & male infertility. In May 2000, the Archives of Disease in Childhood published research showing that scrotal temperature is increased in boys wearing disposable diapers, and that prolonged use of disposable diapers will blunt or completely abolish the physiological testicular cooling mechanism important for normal spermatogenesis. View the study here.
5. Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP). This becomes a gel-like substance when wet so this is what’s absorbing your baby’s poop and pee:
A similar substance had been used in super-absorbency tampons until the early 1980s when it was revealed that the material increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome by increasing absorbency and improving the environment for the growth of toxin-producing bacteria. Back in November of 2013, a mother posted the photo below along with the captioning on her Facebook page:
“**ATTENTION*** DIAPER USING PARENTS!!! ***Do NOT use HUGGIES SNUG AND DRY DIAPERS!!!
This past Friday night my 21 month old son Parker was treated in the emergency room for 2nd degree Chemical burns on his leg. This was caused by the diaper breaking and the gel on the inside of the diaper being trapped in his pants on his leg while he napped! I am in the process of filing formal complaints with Consumer Affairs and the Better Business Bureau! These departments have informed me Parker is not the only case of this!!! PLEASE SHARE this for all to see and maybe prevent another innocent baby from being harmed! “
Pretty scary, right? These are just a few of the main reasons why I chose cloth diapering for my son-and I am so very happy that I did and hope that you will do the same.