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Posted Sat May 29 2010: from CBC News:
Disposable diapers: Are they dangerous?
...diaper manufacturers are not obligated by law to disclose the component parts of their diapers -- via documents such as material safety data sheets -- even though in many cases they share the same ingredients as cosmetics and personal-care products, which do list their ingredients... In the study conducted on mice, scientists found that "diaper emissions were found to include several chemicals with documented respiratory toxicity," according to lead author Rosalind Anderson, a physiologist. She found that the mice suffered asthma-like symptoms when exposed to a variety of diaper brands. It was noted that xylene and ethyl benzene were emitted by the diapers, chemicals that are suspected endocrine, neurological and respiratory toxins; along with styrene, a chemical linked to cancer and isopropylene, a neurotoxin. Diapers contain a variety of plastics, adhesives, glues, elastics and lubricants, some of which can cause irritation.
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'Doc Jim says:
Whatcha gonna do? Let 'em poop and pee on the floor?!?
Despite the downside of using loads of water to clean, cloth diapers are probably the way to go. Unless, of course, you want to prepare your baby as early as possible for the toxic world that awaits them.

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