Too Many Moms Can't Afford Diapers
Diapers can take a big bite out of the family budget, and now a new survey of low-income moms finds that many struggle to afford enough diapers to regularly change their babies.
The study, which is published online July 29 and in the August print issue of the journal Pediatrics, found that one in 12 low-income moms stretches diaper supplies by leaving little ones in them after they've been soiled, a practice that can lead to skin and urinary tract infections.
"There are cases sometimes where moms are taking off a diaper, scooping out what's in it and putting it back on a child, we've heard about that," said study author Megan Smith, a Yale psychiatrist who directs the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers Partnership.
Diapers can be SO expensive! Are you aware of any programs or ways moms can get their hands on diapers if they are struggling?