Following the study released by a Delhi-based advocacy organisation in 2020 September that raises concern about the presence of toxic phthalates in disposable baby diapers available in the Indian market, it is necessary to take the wheels back and trace reasons which made our community shift from the use of washable diapers to disposable which seems to bare serious health impairments different from this new study.
Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals known to cause serious health impacts such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and reproductive disorders.
The study by Toxics Link, what’s in the Diaper: Presence of Phthalates in Baby Diapers, has found phthalates ranging from 2.36ppm to 302.25ppm in these products collected from local markets and e-commerce sites. For the study, 20 samples from 19 brands were analysed in a NABL-accredited laboratory.
In Tanzania, pampas began to be used in early 2000 and have become more widespread, especially in urban areas. Every mother uses diapers for dressing the baby but nowadays it has become common for every household with a baby to have a disposable diaper as it is the underwear that is used to cover the baby to prevent faeces and urine from spreading.
Although it is true that the diapers have relieved parents of the heavy task of washing diapers and diapers regularly after use, we do not see that this was the safest way as parents were checking the children regularly and also set aside time for cleaning the diapers.
It is true that the disposable diapers have simplified the work but have we measured the consequences? And do parents know the proper use of disposable diapers? In the little research I have done, I have found that many parents are not educated about the use of disposable diapers for children, many have grown up dressing them and then continuing their activities until they have time something which expose their children to serious risk than the relief they get while using them.
This means the baby can defecate more than once without changing the compass and can stay with urine or faeces all the time inside his or her diaper.
In recent years more, children have become more susceptible to diseases such as UTI, skin inflammation (Inflammation of the skin), and fungus diseases caused by moisture that stays for a long time and if not treated early can lead to more serious side effects for the baby.
Irritation causes the baby to cry with unhappiness and also causes the baby to worry about his health and growth, maturity, fatigue, back pain, genital damage, kidney failure, fungi that cause frequent irritation, skin rashes on the baby’s genitals and lead to the entry of fungus into the abdomen.
The effects of disposable diapers are not limited to children, as they are made of non-abrasive paper and nylon, disposable diapers have become a source of pollution as some parents have been dumping them in open areas, others have grown up throwing them in the rubbish pits in their areas. they can be a source of diseases such as Cholera, schistosomiasis and diarrhoea if they are thrown into water sources.
It is recommended that disposable diapers should be changed as soon as the child ease him/herself, and even if it doesn’t happen it should not be the reason for him/her to stay with one diaper all day long.
This means that parents need to have regular check-ups for their children to find out if they have eased themselves or to change quickly, it is not advisable for your child to sit with urine for an hour.
Diapers exposed when parents consider using cloth diapers, they inevitably must wade through the mass of misinformation that abounds wherever cloth diaper discussions occur. No doubt these inexperienced parents hear that cloth diapers are unsanitary, that they perpetuate unpleasant odours, leak profusely, and require a lot of back-breaking work. But these parents can take comfort in the fact that these are all cloth diaper myths. You can get the facts here. Reusable diapers come in many forms. The simplest option is a cloth diaper with safety pins that keep the moveable parts of the diaper together.
The older cloth options tend to require complex folding and a considerable amount of time to assemble, so many people choose premade cloth diapers with inserts and snaps.
Parents and caregivers may also choose to wash cloth diapers at home. Some people use a combination of reusable and disposable diapers for convenience, while others rely exclusively on reusable options.
In the current century, it is not easy to ban the use of disposable diapers but the government has to ensure that high-quality diapers are imported into the country, but also parents have guardians to ensure their children do not stay with one diaper for a long time.