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Posted by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM
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Hi! I have a 1 month old and lately she has been getting diaper rashs .we got antibiotic ointment from Dr n it was going away. Well I got new diapers that are baby dry pampers n it came back. I only used like 3 of those kinds n seen the rash so I switched back to regular pampers. Does anyone recommend good diapers or does anyone know why this could be happening or anyone that has or had the same expierence? Please help I'm so frusterated
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by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM
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Most disposable diapers also contain Dioxin. This is a chemical by-product of the paper-bleaching process used in the manufacturing of most diapers. Dioxin is carcinogenic. In fact, the EPA lists it as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. In small quantities it causes birth defects, skin disease, liver disease, immune system suppression & genetic damage in lab animals. Dioxin is banned in most countries, but not the United States.

And if dioxin and sodium polyacrylate weren’t toxic enough, many disposable diapers contain Tributyl Tin (TBT). Considered 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 sterility in boys.

Even worse, in 1999, a study showed that childhood respiratory problems, including asthma, might be linked to inhaling the mixture of chemicals emitted from disposable diapers. The study identified these chemicals in emissions from two brands of disposable diapers (specific brands tested were not disclosed):

Study authors concluded,

“The results demonstrate that some types of disposable diapers emit mixtures of chemicals that are toxic to the respiratory tract. Disposable diapers should be considered as one of the factors that might cause or exacerbate asthmatic conditions.”

The dangers of disposable diapers are profound.

Disposables Cause Rashes

Even if sodium polyacrylate was completely safe, the super-absorbent qualities of disposable diapers are not really the blessing they seem to be. Super-absorbent disposables can do three things:

  • Facilitate less diaper changing from parents, which leads to rashes because of exposure to the super-absorbent chemicals, bacteria, and ammonia from accumulated urine in the diaper.
  • Reduce air circulation and pull natural moisture (not just urine) our of your baby’s skin—which can cause irritation.
  • Raise the temperature of a baby boy’s scrotum far above body temperature, to the point that it can stop his testicles from developing normally, according to a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Widespread diaper rash is a relatively new phenomenon that surfaced in tandem with the widespread use of disposable diapers, and is now found in over half of all U.S. babies. While diaper rashes can be caused by a variety of problems (food allergies, yeast, etc.), the majority of these rashes come from allergies to diaper and wipe chemicals, lack of air, higher temperatures (because plastic retains body heat), and being changed less often because babies feel dry when they are actually wet.

Certain dyes used to add color to disposable diapers have been shown to cause allergic reactions resulting in rashes. Repeated exposure to the dye can cause a long-term allergy. One study (Alberta et al., 2005) that looked at several babies who suffered from rashes found that the rashes only occurred in places where the skin was in direct contact with the dyed part of the diaper. Researchers believe that it is the continued exposure to the dyes that causes a sensitization, or allergic reaction, in babies.

The study also found the following chemicals in disposable diapers to be associated with allergic contact dermatitis (skin rash):

  • Mercaptobenzothiazole (rubber chemical)
  • P-tert-butyl-phenol-formaldehyde resin (glue)
  • Cyclohexylthiophthalimide (found in rubber)

Since prolonged exposure to a hot, dirty, chemical-laden diaper is the most common cause of diaper rashes, super-absorbent diapers may actually encourage parents to leave them on longer, causing these rashes.


by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM
Sensitive skin maybe. Some babies can only use certain type of diapers. My daughter used to keep yeast rashes she couldn't use anything but the pampers brand and none of the rash creams helped except what the dr prescribed for her. This was 4 yrs ago so I don't remember the name of the cream but I do know the dr had to prescribe it because it isn't soldover counter. It ssomething like happy hinny....
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM
When my son would get a rash, I would use cloth diapers.
by Bronze Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM
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I used Pampers sensitive diapers and wipes. I have very sensitive skin and my son does too. I liked the pampers swaddlers because they have the wet indicator too so you can change them quickly to help prevent diaper rash.

by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 7:17 PM
I use cloth diapers and rather than wipes i use wet paper towels or wipes from the honest company if I'm away from home
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM
i agree with molimomma. ive always used pampers.swaddlers when my daughter was newborn and straight to cruiser. i also have sensitive skin was afraid my daughter would too. ive never used anything other than hypoallergentic wipes. and honestly ive never been a fan of the babydry line of pampers.. tried a few times i also went back to crusiers. best of luck.
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 9:03 PM
When my daughter was teething really bad, we switched from Huggies to the Pampers with the wetness indicators, that turned blue when she urinated. We just changed them a lot and kept her in baking soda baths as often as possible.. But I let her go without a diaper for a while to dry her butt out and they seemed to go away quicker.. Also, I went from using Desitin to A&D ointment.

Hopefully, it's gets better. Rashes suck!
by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 9:15 PM
I always use Aquaphor on my sons diaper rashes or corn starch. He uses Huggies with the Mickey Mouse pattern and as an infant he used pampers swaddlers. Never any problems
by Bronze Member on Nov. 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Do you use scented wipes? They could be the culprit too...

by on Nov. 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM
We use cloth diapers.
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