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Are Cloth Diapers Healthier?

Monday, 03 November 2008 15:09
Disposable diapers may be poisoning the children who wear them, say researchers in the Archives of Environmental Health. Specifically, chemical emissions from these diapers may trigger asthma and respiratory problems, according to the report.The study assessed the breathing patterns of mice while they inhaled emissions of three brands of clean disposable diapers or one brand of clean cloth diapers. All three types of disposable diapers spurred respiratory problems in the mice. In contrast, the emissions from cloth diapers resulted in only slight alterations in respiration. Chemical testing further indicated the toxicity of disposable diapers. According to the study, "chemical analysis of the emissions revealed several chemicals with documented respiratory toxicity."

Anderson RC, Anderson JH.  Acute respiratory effects of diaper emissions. Arch Envir Health 1999; 54 (5): 353-8