The use of disposable diapers has offered improved health care benefits. Urine and fecal matter leakage from the cloth nappies and the hand —to —mouth behavior in infants leads to many illnesses with a feco-oral mode of transmission. Also, the tender skin of the infant is more prone to nappy rash. The modern age disposable diapers, when compared to cloth nappy, have displayed a superior ability in containment of urine and feces, thereby reducing contamination and transmission of infection. Also disposable diapers contain Super Absorbent Material (SAM) that successfully reduces the incidence of nappy rash.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.
Buy single article
Instant access to the full article PDF.
Price includes VAT for USA
Subscribe to journal
Immediate online access to all issues from 2019. Subscription will auto renew annually.
This is the net price. Taxes to be calculated in checkout.
Morrow AL, Townsend IT, Pickering LK. Risk of Enteric Infection Associated with Child Day Care.Pediatr Annals 1991; 20:8.
Kim K, Du Pont HL, Pickering LK. Outbreaks of diarrhea associated with Clostrdium difficile and its toxins in day-care centers: evidence of person to person spread.J Pediatr 1983; 102:376–382.
Pickering LK, Evans DG, Du Pont HL, Vollet JJ, Evans DJ. Diarrhea caused by Shigella, Rotavirus and Giardia in day care centers.J Pediatr 1981; 99:51–56.
Novotny TE, Hopkins RS, Shillam P, Janoff EN. Prevalence of Giardia lamblia and Risk Factors for Infection Among Children Attending Day-Care Facilities in Denver.Public Health Reports 1990; 105: 72.
Shapiro CN, Hadler SC. Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Virus Infections in Day-Care.Pediatr Ann 1991; 20(8): 435–441.
Wong CS, Jelacic S, Habeeb RL, Watkins SL, Tarr PI. The risk of the hemolytic-uremic syndrome after antibiotic treatment ofEscherichia coli O157: H7 infections.N Engl J Med 2000; 342(26) : 1930–1936.
Van R, Wun CC, Morrow AL, Pickering LK. The effect of diaper type and overclothing on fecal contamination in daycare centers.JAMA 1991; 265(14): 1840–1844.
Mary K, Bernhardt K, William R, James D, Rae ES. Comparison of Stool Containment in Cloth and Single-Use Diapers using a Simulated Infant Feces.Pediatrics 1993; 91(3): 632–636.
Jordan WE, Lawson KD, Berg RW, Franxman JJ, Marrer AM. Diaper dermatitis: frequency and severity among a general infant population.Pediatr Dermatol 1986; 3:198–207.
Marc Larregue, Paul Duriez, Pierre Vabres, Jean Maleville. Diaper Dermatitis: Topographic diagnosis and treatment guidelines. In Carlo Gelmetti, ed.Pediatric Dermatology: Controversies and Current Concepts.
Stein H. Incidence of diaper rash when using cloth and disposable diaper.J Pediatr 1982; 101: 721–723.
Thompson ED, Seymor JL, Aardema MJ. Lack of genotoxiity of croslinked acrylate polymers in four short-term genotoxicity assays.Environ Mol Mutagen 1991; 18:184–199.
Linderschmidt RC, Stone LC, Seymour JLet al. Effects of oral administration of high-molecular-weight crosslinked polyacrylate in rats.Fundam Appl Toxicol 1991; 17:128–135.
Lane AT, Rehder PA, Helm K. Evaluations of Diapers Containing Absorbent Gelling Material with Conventional Disposable Diapers in Newborn Infants.Am J Dis of Children 1990; 144:315.
About this article
Cite this article
Kamat, M., Malkani, R. Disposable diapers : A hygienic alternative. Indian J Pediatr 70, 879–881 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02730591
- Fecal contamination
- Disposable diaper
- Nappy rash
- Super Absorbent Material (SAM)