Did you know that there are differences between diapers and that some diapers are not healthy for your baby? Potentially harmful chemicals, such as dyes, chlorine, and phthalates can be found in babies’ diapers. A baby’s skin is susceptible to absorbing unhealthy chemicals.
Baby diapers are not classified as medical devices, so they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The diaper industry is regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which does not require diaper manufacturers to disclose their ingredients or test their products or materials for a variety of chemicals to ensure safety. The agency requires that baby diapers be tested for lead, however.
So how should parents go about choosing diapers? The environmental working group (ewg.org) in Washington D.C. has some answers. A few suggestions include looking for brands that minimize the use of plastic in their products and packaging. Choose a brand that uses unbleached pulp or pulp bleached using chlorine-free techniques. Even plastics produced from plants, or bioplastics, may have concerns similar to their petroleum-based counterparts. rather than elemental chlorine-free, or ECF, techniques. ECF uses a chlorine derivative, which is linked to skin, nose, and throat irritation and is toxic to aquatic systems.