What happens when a baby sits for too long in a dirty diaper? A lot more than you think.
Diapers make a difference. In fact, a new survey finds 1 in 3 families in the United States experiences “diaper need” — difficulty providing enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler consistently clean, dry, and healthy.
Not being able to afford enough diapers often means parents end up leaving a child in wet, dirty or reused diapers for a prolonged period of time, which can lead to a number of health effects for both mom and baby.
“Needing to leave children longer in dirty diapers increases the risk of urinary tract infection and what’s called diaper dermatitis, or diaper rash, which as you can imagine increases the likelihood that the child will be fussy or difficult to soothe,” said Dr. Megan Veenema Smith, an associate professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Yale Child Study Center Parent and Family Development.
This is where West Shore Family Support comes in. West Shore Family Support aims to help alleviate that burden for parents by offering diapers and wipes to families in need.
You can help! Become a jumper and help raise funds to provide diapers for babies in our community!

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