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Side Effects of Diapers for Baby Girl or Boy and their Alternative

Looking for side effects of diapers for baby girl? Nowadays, modern moms aren’t using old nanny techniques to handle their babies, and putting a diaper is one of them. We can’t deny the fact that diapers are the prior choice of the parents, and they can’t imagine their newborn without that.

You have to use a diaper and dispose of it; it doesn’t require any effort of washing clothes or any other hassle. But you must know that diapers can be harmful to your baby(1), and now even studies have proved that excess usage of diapers or long-term use can cause serious health troubles to your baby.

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Side Effects of Diapers for Baby Girl

Suppose you are also a parent or a future becoming parent, which is not an easy job. In that case, you must read this article carefully where we are listing some important facts about diapers and other related information so let’s see closely effect of using diapers 24/7 for babies:

1. May Cause Allergic Reactions

With the innovations needed in daily life, the diaper manufacturing companies are also included in the competition that is not good for your baby’s skin.

We all know that babies have pretty delicate and sensitive skin that can be easily affected by any allergic reactions. (2) Low-class products can harm the baby’s skin and cause allergies.

The poor diapers are manufactured using chemicals, dyes, and synthetic components, so you must avoid using them. 

2. May Lead to Toxicity

Some parents use diapers for their babies for a long time in the day and night. when your baby wears a diaper for a long time, the harmful chemicals and synthetic fibers can cause skin toxicity. (3)

When your baby pees, it can react with the skin if you use a diaper excessively. Long-term usage also includes internal problems for your baby.    

3. More Infection Chances (urine infection)

As you know, the diaper absorbs the liquid and keeps your baby dry, and in a particular manner, all the diapers have been manufactured. With that, you must also understand that wet diapers can quickly contact the outer air, which increases the bacteria and breeds rapidly.

These bacteria can lead to bacterial or urine infection, and long-term usage can cause severe urine infection to your baby, and even the poor guy can’t tell you. So try to change the diaper frequently and keep your baby much dry as possible. (4)

ALSO READ: How to Calm a Fussy Baby at Night

4. It May Cause Diaper Rashes

The most common disadvantages of baby diapers are diaper rashes. This is one of the typical troubles that all babies face when wearing diapers. That’s why you have seen many anti-rashes lotions, and creams are also worthy if you are buying diapers. (5)

Wet diapers can easily cause skin rashes because babies have very soft and fragile skin that can be easily damaged by wetness and bacteria and cause fungal infections. Avoid the diapers if you spot any rashes or redness around the lining.   

5. Male Babies could cause infertility

The German experts have studied the 48 babies as they were searching. Can diapers affect the fertility process in male babies or not? And they were shocked after the results.

According to the study, they put half babies in a cottony cloth and others on disposable diapers. After one day, they found that babies with disposable diapers had increased 1 degree Celsius means the increased temperature is harmful for sperm production and in the future can cause infertility. (6)

A big reason to worry as you are making your life easier, but it will affect your baby in the future.   

6. Toilet Training Difficulty

Diapers are trendy as they save you from the hassle of baby’s peeing and pooping, and parents depend on them. The long-term usage can raise a difficulty in toilet training because your baby gets habitual of a diaper. 

At a particular age, one must avoid putting on diapers so the baby can learn potty training and also inform you about that. 

7. Diapers do not Benefit the Environment

The diapers companies claim they are making eco-friendly diapers, but a few companies are making diapers in natural ways.

Though they use chemicals and dyes while making diapers that never decompose naturally, people throw them here and there or flush them, which is the wrong way and harms our ecosystem.

8. Suppressed Immunity

In a study, a component called volatile organic compounds found in diapers affect your baby’s immune system. The babies have already a weak immune system, and such products can suppress immunity, and they can quickly get infected or become sick.

If you find that your baby gets infections quickly, you should take a strict look at the diaper used for the baby.   

How many Diapers does a Baby use in a Day

How many diapers do I need? Diaper sizes are based on weight. Be mindful that the size refers to your baby’s weight when you purchase diapers. The average number of diapers that a newborn use depends on its body weight-

how many diapers does a baby use in a day

Alternatives to Disposable Diapers

1. Use Cotton Cloth Diapers

Cotton cloth can be an alternative to a diaper since the side effects of baby diapers are more. It has no chemicals or dyes. Use a soft cotton cloth that can absorb the liquid, and when you see it is wet, change it. You can wash it and reuse it multiple times.

2. Diaper Liners

The liners are also a prominent substitute for a diaper and are readily available in the market, and they are less harmful and eco-friendly.

3. Branded Diapers

You can have eco-friendly diapers. That would be a great idea; maybe they are a little more expensive than the regular diapers but more safe and secure for a baby.    

Read also: Coconut oil for Diaper Rash

Diaper for Baby Girl or Boy: Dos and Don’t


  • Whenever you see your baby have any skin redness or rashes, immediately throw the diaper and apply a mild moisturizer or some coconut oil to the affected area.
  • Change the diaper within 2 hours and if a baby passes the poop, frequently change the diaper and wash the skin or use a tissue and gently clean it.
  • You can go with cloth nappies in the daytime and use diapers at nighttime.
  • If you are travelling, keep yourself some diapers, clothes, and tissue paper.


  • Never buy a poor quality diaper for your baby, even it is cheaper or expensive.
  • Never leave your baby wet, and continuously check him after a few minutes.  

Dr Maria

MD. Board Certified physician. Fellowship In Family Medicine UK. 8 years of medical experience in Lifestyle-related health disorders. Graduated from AIIMS – All India Institute Of Medical Science, INDIA

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