A common chemical that may be harmful to your baby ????

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Most parents have seen it – those sticky little gel pieces that remain on your baby’s diaper area after a diaper change.  But what most parents don’t know is that it may be harming your baby.

The chemical name for that gel is sodium polyacrylate – a super absorbent polymer. It can hold hundreds of times in volume in water, and is used in all of the disposable diapers available in Uganda, which is what makes those diapers so absorbent.

sample of sodium polyacrylate found in disposable diapers

sample of sodium polyacrylate found in disposable diapers

But is it safe? There are several concerns with sodium polyacrylate:

– It is so good at absorbing moisture that it will also absorb moisture from your baby’s skin, leading to dry skin, skin irritation and diaper rash.

– Sodium polyacrylate used to be used in tampons, but is no longer used after it was linked to toxic shock syndrome, a sometimes life threatening condition.

– A 1999 study showed that mice that were exposed to disposable diapers made with sodium polyacrylate developed asthma-like symptoms, as well as eye, nose, and throat irritation

– This study concluded that disposable diapers could cause or exacerbate asthma in babies. (You can find more details about the study here: http://bit.ly/2cVhT0o)

The same study found that washable cloth diapers did not have the same negative health effects on the mice. The reason is that cloth diapers, like Kijani diapers, are made with safe, nontoxic fabrics – no chemicals needed!

If your baby has asthma, frequent diaper rash, or if you want to safeguard your baby’s health, considering making the switch to Kijani washable diapers.

Image Credits: babygearlab.com & franklingoose.typepad.com

Most parents have seen it – those sticky little gel pieces that remain on your baby’s diaper area after a diaper change.  But what most parents don’t know is that it may be harming your baby.

The chemical name for that gel is sodium polyacrylate – a super absorbent polymer. It can hold hundreds of times in volume in water, and is used in all of the disposable diapers available in Uganda, which is what makes those diapers so absorbent.

sample of sodium polyacrylate found in disposable diapers

sample of sodium polyacrylate found in disposable diapers

But is it safe? There are several concerns with sodium polyacrylate:

– It is so good at absorbing moisture that it will also absorb moisture from your baby’s skin, leading to dry skin, skin irritation and diaper rash.

– Sodium polyacrylate used to be used in tampons, but is no longer used after it was linked to toxic shock syndrome, a sometimes life threatening condition.

– A 1999 study showed that mice that were exposed to disposable diapers made with sodium polyacrylate developed asthma-like symptoms, as well as eye, nose, and throat irritation

– This study concluded that disposable diapers could cause or exacerbate asthma in babies. (You can find more details about the study here: http://bit.ly/2cVhT0o)

The same study found that washable cloth diapers did not have the same negative health effects on the mice. The reason is that cloth diapers, like Kijani diapers, are made with safe, nontoxic fabrics – no chemicals needed!

If your baby has asthma, frequent diaper rash, or if you want to safeguard your baby’s health, considering making the switch to Kijani washable diapers.

Image Credits: babygearlab.com & franklingoose.typepad.com

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