Did you know that disposable diapers contain toxic chemicals, drying agents, dyes, and fragrances? Me neither. I’ve never thought that diapers can be so harmful to my baby’s skin.
I wasn’t considering any other option than disposable nappy. That was my first choice. But know when I did my research and know how many chemicals are in those nappies I’m quite sure that I would change for clothes ones.
Why I’ve decided to check what’s in my baby’s nappies? I saw several pictures with really big burns and blistered skin of little babies. As you can imagine that was caused by disposable nappies.
I’m not saying it happens to every baby, but there is a chance it can affect some of them. So first of all, when you need to choose what type of diaper to use on your delicate baby’s bottom you need to know that your baby will be wearing diapers 24 hours per day for about the first 2 ¾-3 years of his life. That’s mean a huge amount of diapers. And the same amount of chemicals your baby is exposed to through skin.
It’s time to reveal what’s in your baby’s disposable diaper!
- Sodium polyacrylate– is a super absorbent polymer (SAP) that can absorb 300 times its weight in tap water. This super absorbent polymer is added to diapers as a powder form and turns into a gel when diaper becomes wet. You can see it on your baby’s skin as little crystals. It can cause skin irritations and respiratory problems. What’s interesting this chemical was removed from tampons due to toxic shock syndrome concerns!
- Dioxins– Most of the diapers are bleached with chlorine, resulting in remaining traces of dioxins which are carcinogenic. Dioxins are environmental pollutants. They belong to the so-called ‘dirty dozen’ – a group of dangerous chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). What’s more EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) lists it as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. Also, it can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones.
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)- VOCs include a variety of chemicals ( ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene and dipentene), some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. They can cause neurological problems, eye irritation, and decreased immunity. Some VOCs are even suspected of causing cancer in humans.
- Tributyl-tin (TBT)- Considered as a highly toxic environmental pollutant, TBT spreads through the skin and has a hormone-like effect in the tiniest concentrations. TBT harms the immune system and impairs the hormonal system, and it is speculated that it could cause infertility in boys.
Do you still consider disposable nappies as the best choice for your baby? I bet you don’t. But it’s the easiest one. I don’t judge you because I’m using them as well. Don’t know if it’s not too late to switch. I need to check what other options I have. If you are using something else let me know how it works for you and if is worth to change.