The advent of working moms has led to rapid changes in baby care in the past few decades. I remember my Nani telling my aunts to use nappies instead of diapers. She would say “bachche ko hawa lagegi” (the child will get some air).
Back then the focus was on the child and not on our comfort. However, acute consumerism has turned child-rearing more towards caretaker’s comfort and away from the child itself!
Earlier moms majorly used clothes based nappies for their babies. Even the early diapers were made by stuffing clothes with cotton. However, today the diapers are made with a combination of water-absorbent polymer and plastic.
The major objection about a baby wearing diaper might be that the baby might get a rash. But for that, we have diaper rash creams. So why worry about curable minor skin problem.
Most of the parents think this way. If you are one of them, you must research more about the toxic chemicals, used as common ingredients in all diapers. They are present even in the “environment-friendly” ones.
In developed countries like the US, diaper companies do not need to reveal the raw materials. They also do not require testing or proof for the safety of the ingredients used.
We would all be in dark unless for some independent testing which revealed shocking facts. Let’s have a look at them –
The outer lining of the diaper is made from a polyethylene wrap. The inner lining which is in constant touch with the baby’s skin and its genitals is made from polypropylene.
Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer that has incredible water absorbing capacity. This plastic is known to raise the rate of allergic reactions in people who already have some allergies. This might explain the rise in incidents of allergies in babies wearing diapers.
Polypropylene can disrupt the function of endocrinal glands and cause a hormonal disturbance. It has the potential to mimic the female hormone Estrogen. It can cause serious problems in baby girls as they grow up with diapers.
Polypropylene can disrupt the early development of the male genitals in baby boys. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3222987/
Polypropylene can leach hazardous metals to any substance in close contact. Sensitive and vulnerable baby skins are at risk of continuous exposure to hazardous chemicals with the use of disposable diapers. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11356-011-0663-5
What’s worse, in one recent research, polypropylene has shown to have carcinogenic effects on animals. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00192-013-2239-z.
Long term research on humans is suggested. It can also cause genetic mutation in living organisms.
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Polypropylene is just a single element from the bouquet of chemicals that are present in disposable diapers.
Sodium Polyacrylate(SPA) is a chemical added to all the diapers, even the “eco-friendly diapers. It is a super absorbent that helps to retain the fluid inside the diaper. This is a powder that turns into gel after absorbing water. You can find it sticking to baby’s genitals sometimes.
It can trigger allergic reactions and severe skin problems in babies. It can also induce fever, vomiting and skin irritation. A scientific study done on mice suggests that SPA can cause hemorrhage, cardiovascular failure, and death of the subject.
SPA was also used in tampons, a menstrual cup introduced in the US. Tampons led to the death of several women in 1985. SPA was banned because of inducing Toxic shock syndrome(TSS) in the users of tampons.
SPA absorbs the fluid but it does nothing to stop the microbial growth in the absorbed urine. In this way, your baby is actually sitting on a dry incubation center of pathogens. Unfortunately, sometimes parents use diapers overnight or throughout the day without changing them.
Ideally, any material that is soiled by urine or fecal matter should be removed asap. Unfortunately, a baby wearing diapers does not sound the alarm after peeing because the fluid is completely absorbed by SPA. This dry comfort hinders the immediate removal of the contaminated diaper from the baby. If we are using diapers with SPA, we are trading baby’s health with our comfort!
Worst can happen if baby ingests even a small amount of SPA. Recently 5 children reported killed after ingesting less than 5 gm of SPA accidentally.
Phthalates are another variety of chemicals, present in almost all kinds of baby diapers. They are softening agents for plastics. Phthalates are banned from children products like toys, teething rings, etc. because of instances of toxicity.
Phthalates also exhibit effects similar to human hormones and mimic the action of human hormones. These chemicals are capable of sending false signals to the body and create metabolic disruption. They can leach through and diapers and come in contact with the baby’s sensitive skin.
Now phthalates can have a huge negative impact on the overall development of the baby- physical as well as mental. They can trigger ADHD, Low IQ, behavioral issues, autism, etc. Phthalates are also linked to serious disorders like asthma, breast cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and male infertility.
looking at the above information, diapers should be an absolute no-no for any responsible parent.
The Story doesn’t end with the phthalates, there is more to the diapers based chemical list. The paper used in manufacturing diapers is bleached, producing a bye-products called dioxins. Now dioxins are carcinogenic, and not the mild ones. Actually, they are the most dangerous of all the cancer-causing chemical according to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Dioxins can cause a lot of other disorders like skin and liver disorders and birth defects. It can also lead to genetic damage and severe immune suppression. Avoiding diapers completely can help save your baby from exposure to these fatal chemicals.
Next, in the list of lethal diaper ingredients are the heavy metals like Tributyl Tin (TBT) and others. TBT can cause severe damage to the hormonal and immune system. It can even cause sterility in males even in tiniest amounts. What’ worse, TBT can slowly seep into the skin by constant exposure to the skin and produce a hormone-like effect.
Dyes used in baby diapers contain many other heavy metals and cause severe skin disorder, now called Diaper Dye dermatitis. https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/116/3/e450.full?sid=a13491bc-4318-4181-940b-d3d406ec7427
Thus, wearing diapers is actually very expensive in the long run!!
Other Diaper toxins
You will be surprised to know that we have hardly covered 30% of toxic elements above. There is a long list of poisonous chemicals found in diaper emissions. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10501153
2002 pediatric study found that most of the diapers emit chemicals, harmful to the respiratory system and can cause severe asthma. Please find a list of nasties that a diaper contains –
In short, all of these chemicals have a very dangerous effect on the human body. Here we are talking about a sensitive small baby being bombarded with all of these chemicals right from the birth.
A conscious parent would use diapers after knowing all these facts and how the diaper industry is trying to hide them.
Diapers can cause long term problems for male babies. The scrotum undergoes major developments after the baby is born. However, the high temperature inside a diaper can hamper this natural development. This results in infertility, low sperm count and other reproductive problems in the future.
Diapers are hazardous not only for your baby; they are dangerous for the environment too. One diaper can take 500 years to decompose properly. In the process, it will emit the traces of all the above toxic chemicals in the environment. Therefore, a diaper is nothing more than a poison bag in our landfills and seas.
Many chemicals like dioxins are classified as persistent organic pollutants(POPs). This category of pollutants is resistant to degradation. This means that they are here to stay forever! They just keep passing from one organism to the other.
As the soiled diapers take centuries to decay, they can host continuous germ incubation till the time they are around. Diapers in the landfills significantly increase the risk of pathogenic contamination of the groundwater.
What we will leave behind as a legacy? A big pile of toxic diapers! not only for our current generation but also for our grand and great-grandchildren!
Besides, disposable diapers are expensive, very expensive for the babies, for the parents and for the planet. So why to waste resources in something useless but expensive. Let’s go for a natural option with priceless benefits.
Nappy Pads: Natural Alternative to Diapers
Now, there is an age-old solution to the diaper – nappy pads. They have been used for generations and have zero negative effect on the baby and the environment. Young parents fear the nappy pads generally. But the benefits of nappy pads for both the baby and the parent, are beyond comparison.
There are some real-time benefits that both the parent and child receive when they are using nappy pads.
Low risk of skin infections
you need to immediately remove A soiled nappy pad due to immediate discomfort to the child. This immediate removal of the soiled nappy pads is a great way to prevent any infection to the baby.
Nappy pads never cause rashes or any other form of skin infection. Rare cases of infections can occur only when the baby is allergic to the cloth used for making the pads. The chances of a nappy baby developing rashes are 90-95% lower than a diaper baby.
Early Potty Training
Babies do not like to be wet at all! They have a tremendous capacity to learn and accommodate to the changing situations. Babies who do not use diapers get more exposure to the wetting experience. Their brain tries to find a solution to the wetting problem.
Thus, if you use nappy pads instead of diapers, your baby will be self-motivated and ready for potty training. Thus, the use of nappy pads can facilitate early potty training in infants.
A few decades back, Indian mothers heavily relied on Elimination communication (EC). A Mother is naturally sensitive to the baby’s subtle gestures. She can quickly learn to differentiate between the cues for hunger, sleep as well as the need to defecate.
This practice can actually help to eliminate the need for diapers at all. Mothers should hold babies over the potty, whenever they need to. Thus a parent can very successfully potty train even a one-year-old baby.
Effective elimination communication between the mom and child can reduce the use of even the nappy pads. Even a single nappy pad might last the whole day. Thus, the horror of washing soiled nappy pads whole day is nothing but a myth.
Nappy pads are reusable. Therefore, a dozen nappy pads can take care of the baby until the time he is potty trained. In this way, we as individuals can prevent the huge amount of toxins going to our landfills, seas and underground water. We can also help to save the precious natural resources, time and effort in making this dangerous product.
Great for your pocket
Every experienced mom knows that the most expensive product in child-rearing is a diaper. Considering all the potential damages that can be caused by a diaper, is it worth spending anything at all on them? The money thus saved can be spent usefully to buy organic baby food or non-plastic toys (they are terribly expensive)!
Everyone wants the best for their baby even if it requires an extra effort. So why not go for the best natural solution available – nappy pads.
Cotton is the best fabric to make nappy pads. However, it is imperative to use a high-quality nappy pad. Any parent planning to use cotton nappy pads must become aware of the damage BT cotton can cause to your baby.
BT cotton is high yielding GM variety of cotton. This variety produces toxins that kills a pest – bollworm.
BT cotton can trigger a variety of skin disorders in humans. There is a possibility of triggering multiple skin disorders like dermatitis, vitiligo, psoriasis, eczema, etc. with the use of BT cotton.
BT cotton is highly toxic for all organisms. It’s toxic effect lead to over-night death of cattle that were fed leftover BT cotton plants after the harvest. This incident occurred in many Indian states.
The huge amount of pesticides lingers in the cloth for a long time. Cotton processing includes the use of formaldehyde, triclosan, and pre-fluorinated chemicals. There are an enormous variety and amount of chemicals that might be present in an innocent looking cotton nappy pad.
Bt cotton is not great for the planet. As a genetically modified organism, BT cotton requires big doses of pesticides, fertilizers, etc. At the same time, it also depletes a huge amount of groundwater. Frequent harvest of BT cotton can render the soil completely infertile over a few years.
Note: OMVED nappy rash cream can provide complete relief for rashes caused by diapers or inorganic nappies.
Sometimes even the softest nappy pads can leave babies sensitive skin with rashes and redness. However, we have the perfect solution – an organic and natural option for a cream for rashes caused by Pampers, diaper, nappy cloth, cloth diapers, etc.
Omved Nappy Cream
Introducing OMVED nappy cream made using moisturizing triple oils – Olive, Sweet Almond Oil, and Sesame Oil. This nourishing, chemical-free cream forms a protective barrier to prevent irritation and discomfort.
- Sesame seed oil creates a protective layer to heal rashes and block dampness
- Almond oil heals and moisturizes the skin to prevent dryness
- Olive oil moisturizes and protects from irritation
- Calendula helps heal and soothe an inflamed skin
How to use Baby’s Nappy Cream?
Clean your baby’ bottom or the nappy area with OMVED Little One Baby Wash. Use natural baby wipes to clean wetness. Take sufficient amount of cream and apply the same as barrier cream or make a thin layer.