Diaper shortages create hardship, health problems

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Diapers sit on the shelves Horton’s Kids Community Center in Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 1, 2012. Horton’s Kids helps provide free diapers to the DC Diaper Bank.

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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.

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