Sparks flying from Huggies! Scary stuff!
Friday April 23, 1999
-- Guardian.co.uk - Baby glow - 11 month old Joshua Furlough startled his mum when his nappy started firing sparks. Jill Furlough, from Lakenheath in Suffolk, woke to find the sparks emanating from the nether regions of her infant sprog, who was bathed in a strange glow. A spokesman for manufacturers Huggies said:
No-one understands where it comes from - it is some kind of energy build-up that changes from mechanical to light energy. But it's completely harmless.
-- LONDON (Reuters) — When Jill Furlough went to check on her sleeping 11-month-old baby Joshua, she was horrified to see green sparks fly out of his nappy.
I had no idea what was happening and thought he was going to burst into flames, Furlough, 31, was quoted saying by the Express newspaper. The mother of three, who lives in Laken-heath in eastern England, contacted the makers of the nappies and was assured it was a small and harmless matter of tribo-luminescence.
Greenpeace Toxic Site
-- Organotins in various consumer products over the last years (see chronology). In 1997, Organotins were detected i.a. in tampons, sanitary pads and diapers in the Netherlands. In early 2000, Tributyltin was found in Scotch-brite scouring pads in Sweden. In the course of 2000, in addition to the findings ...
Greenpeace Calls on Parents to Return Contaminated Nappies to Producers: New Tests Show That TBT-free Nappies are a Rarity
-- 19 May 2000 HAMBURG -- Greenpeace today published new test results of nappies, and called on parents to return nappies ...
Disposable Diapers Linked to Infertility and Testicular Cancer
-- Scientists in Germany now believe disposable diapers could be linked to both male infertility and testicular cancer. The new research suggests that disposable diapers may have an adverse affect on the development of a boy's reproductive system.
Warning: Pads and Tampons are hazardous to women's health and the environment
By Kelly Holloway
-- I shivered to think that Ms. Simone wasn't allowed to tell me about something that I and probably she put into our bodies five days a month. Armstrong and Scott point out in their book that Proctor & Gamble's chlorine free designation can mean that the product is chlorine-gas free, but still contains chlorine dioxide or hypochlorite.
Hidden Dangers of Disposable Diapers
-- Isn't it amazing to think that most of us were raised in cloth diapers, but most of our children have grown up in disposables? Believe it or not, it is not too late to reverse this trend.
Disposable diapers: Are they dangerous?
-- New Pampers diapers, which include Cruisers and Swaddlers, have been the subject of the two U.S. lawsuits.
Disposable Diaper Chemicals Under Investigation
-- The Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched an investigation into Pampers Dry Max diapers following complaints of babies and toddlers suffering severe and persistent diaper rashes and blisters that resemble chemical burns.
Solving the Diaper Dilemma
-- Parents, scientists, and environmentalists have debated long and hard about the diaper question: Are disposable plastic or reusable cloth diapers better for the environment and for the babies themselves? While many of us might answer with a kneejerk
cloth!, the answer isn't necessarily that easy.
Why Disposable Diapers are Dirty and Dangerous
-- According to a 2010 study, one-third of U.S. mothers are cutting back on basic necessities (such as food, utilities, and childcare) to buy diapers for their children. But as much as disposable diapers cost individual families, they cost us even more as a nation and as a planet.
What Are the Dangers of Disposable Diapers?
-- Disposable diapers are not as harmless as they appear on the surface. Disposable diapers are costly, contain potentially harmful chemicals and wreak havoc on the environment from the moment they are made until they are disposed of.
YouTube - Dangers of Disposable Diapers
-- This enviclip talks about what dangers are found in disposable diapers and informs you about the potential health risks with them.
YouTube - Parenting - Dangers of Diapering
-- This video explains the side effects of disposable diapers. The modern single use chemical based diapers may harm our babies. The chemicals used to make single use diapers can cause cancer, infertility, skin rash, redness, swelling, blackening of diaper area etc. The eco-friendly cotton diapers are more comfortable and healthy for the babies and economical to their parents.
A reader posted: When pampers decided to switch from the original cruisers/swaddlers and put the dry max chemical in, all hell broke loose.
I am in the middle of a lawsuit with Pampers, their diapers (which never did before Dry Max was used) gave my son HORRIBLE chemical burns (which of course Pampers is denying their at fault). It was so bad that his pediatrician went with me to file and is working with me. (he has seen numerous cases as well) and my attorneys. Here is a few websites that I know of. Please skim through them and take a look
Boycott Pampers: Pictures of outbreaks/burns submitted from parents who were using Pampers Cruisers and/or Swaddlers.
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986 Feb;94 (2):235-6
Disposable plastic diapers: a foreign body hazard.
Johnson CM 3d
- Foreign body ingestion and aspiration in children has been a serious problem, occasionally resulting in airway obstruction and death. Airway obstruction by balloons and subsequent asphyxiation is well documented.
Respiratory blockage by plastic dry-cleaning sacks has resulted in warning labels on most such materials. Two recent cases of nasal aspiration of plastic coating from a commonly used disposable diaper are compared to reports of similar occurrences documented by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
On the basis of these reports we recommend that disposable diapers be continuously covered by other clothing to prevent the child's access to the plastic. Otolaryngologists and pediatricians should be aware of the potential hazard when examining diapered children with chronic rhinorrhea or sudden respiratory distress.
PMID: 3083340, UI: 86176215
Contact Dermatitis 1996 Mar;34(3):176-8O
Rosin components identified in diapers.
Karlberg AT, Magnusson K
Division of Occupational Dermatology, National Institute of Occupational Health, Solna, Sweden.
- As part of the investigation of sources of exposure to rosin allergens, disposable diapers (napkins) common on the Swedish market were analyzed, using gas chromatography, to detect the main rosin compounds.
Rosin components were detected in all diapers, the highest amounts in those from the 2 major producers. In these diapers, more rosin was found in the top layer, which is in close contact with the skin than in the fluff.
Despite the possibly minimal risk of induction of sensitization to rosin allergens in diapers, there is a real risk of elicitation of dermatitis in sensitive individuals, especially since penetration is enhanced by occlusion and irritation. Such material is not only used for infant diapers, but also for adult incontinence products and feminine hygiene products.
PMID: 8833460, UI: 96430334
Acute respiratory effects of diaper emissions.
Anderson RC, Anderson JH
Anderson Laboratories, Inc., West Hartford, Vermont, USA.
Mice were monitored with pneumotachographs while they breathed emissions of three brands of disposable diapers (described herein as brands A, B, and C) and one brand of cloth diapers for 1 hr.
The authors used a computerized version of the ASTM-E-981 test method to measure changes in the pattern and frequency of respiration. In response to two brands of disposable diapers, many mice exhibited reduced mid-expiratory airflow velocity, sensory irritation, and pulmonary irritation.
During the peak effects, brand A caused sensory irritation in 47% of the breaths and reduced mid-expiratory airflow velocity in 17% of the breaths (n = 39 mice), whereas the respective percentages noted for brand B were 20% and 15% of the breaths (n = 28 mice).
The effects were generally larger during repeat exposures to these emissions, with up to 89% of breaths showing sensory irritation in response to brand A and up to 35% of breaths showing reduced mid-expiratory airflow velocity with brand B.
A third brand of disposable diapers caused increases in respiratory rate, tidal volume, and mid-expiratory airflow velocity. The emissions of cloth diapers produced only slight SI and slight PI.
Chemical analysis of the emissions revealed several chemicals with documented respiratory toxicity. 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.
PMID: 10501153, UI: 99429261
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