Diaper shortages create hardship, health problems

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Health care providers and advocates for the poor say a disposable diaper shortage among needy families is harming both the infants and their parents.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/R6sXKT) reports that local food pantries receive countless requests for diapers but are unable to meet the demand. The CEO of Nurses for Newborns says the organization would need as many as 10,000 diapers a day for their mostly poor clients but can only supply a dozen diapers per person in an emergency.

Disposable diapers can cost up to $100 a month for one child.

Social worker Jessica Adams is organizing a nonprofit St. Louis diaper bank that would accept charitable donations and help distribute the diapers to those in need.


  • rose

    Buy them about 3 dozen cloth diapers and some plastic pants to go over them. This would save taxpayers a bundle as disposable diapers are expensive and taken advantage of.

  • Jim

    I’d rather pay for birth control than diapers, along with food and housing. Can’t feed ’em don’t breed ’em. Some regard having and raising babies is a career, at taxpayer expense.

    • rose

      I agree with you Jim, but if they are in need of diapers, it’s too late for birth control on that one, but, if things weren’t handed to them and made so easy and convenient, after one, they might go asking for the birth control, and I would say “please GIVE it to them.” That would be one free handout I agree with.

  • Gayle Sullivan

    I had two children, and after a month of a diaper service, I switched to disposable. Call me lazy and not environmentally friendly, but for the sake of baby bottoms and parental queasiness, I believe there should be a special dispensation for putting diapers in the landfill. Actually, I heard that they can be recycled with compost (another job I don’t have the stomach for). But, of course, we paid for them ourselves.

    • rose

      There could be a difference here Gayle, did you pay for your own disposable diapers or were they given to you free?

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