Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Vaccines and Disposable diapers...why i do neither with my kids

Okay, i know both of these subjects can be met with mixed emotions. Some people are staunch believers in vaccines as well as the convenience of disposable diapers. I just want to share with you moms out there my experience with both and the studies i've done to back my reasons up. I have no desire to upset anyone, but i do think being informed as a mother is very important, especially these days.
First: Disposable diapers. I know of two different treatable kinds of diaper rash that my children have had. One of them is a yeast reaction that can be treated with any yeast infection cream, and also a general diaper rash where you'd use desitin or something with zinc oxide. Both of these tend to come from food reactions, at least they have seemed that way at times. Both of my older girls, however, has had one that was so bad and so red that nothing was touching it. Brynlee had that this past week while i had her in disposables to try and get rid of it using cream(you can use some creams with cloth diapers if you use a barrier so it won't clog them up, i just didnt want to hassle with that). So i started to think about it, you know what? Disposables are made with Chlorine and other harsh chemicals that when mixed with the ammonia that urine turns into can create a chemical burn! As soon as i put Brynlee back into cloth it was gone within hours! I started doing some research and found several articles listing different harsh chemicals and examples of lab rats that had increased eyes, nose and throat irritation and symptoms of asthma just being NEXT to these diapers! Not only are cloth diapers affordable and save you TONS of money, they also prevent your child from being exposed to harsh chemicals, perfumes and things that cause asthma. Also they don't break down in the land fills and the manufacturing plants that make them pollute the water systems surrounding them.
I know i sound like a total hippy right now but bear with me! I've gotten really into natural parenting as it allows ME the control of what my children are exposed to and not someone else. It puts ME in the driver seat to their health. Not that i'm really gung ho on everything, but i'm really trying to adjust our life to the healthiest it can be in all regards. If you think about it, how in the world did our parents' generation end up so much healthier than we are? With less disease, less autism, less infertility... It has to be effecting us somewhere we don't know about. It's not like we're signing up for it, it's got to be somewhere we don't even realize!
Thus bringing me into a very touchy subject: Immunizations... First of all we've all heard the reports about Autism and it's increase linked to vaccines. Pediatricians will avidly deny this, but i encourage you to do your due diligence for your child before you sign them up for a bunch of needles into their tiny little thigh. I have personally been bullied on this subject by SEVERAL different pediatricians and have decided i will most likely NOT find anyone in the traditional medical field who will agree with me on it. You'll also see a lot of reports of people being confronted by the police at their door telling them to vaccinate their child... this is really scary to me that we've come to that. What happened to the days that you actually got to parent your own child? Choose what's best for your child... Now it seems there's a government regulated opinion of what is best for YOUR kid and if you don't bow down and do it then they'll threaten to take them away. When Brynlee was just a couple months old we found that she had a little skin abnormality that never even got noticed for a couple months. At this discovery the Dr. actually told me that she SHOULD call DHS on me to do an investigation to see who had abused her! I broke down in tears right there, being my first realization that my word and my heart for my children is not good enough anymore. Somehow i have to defend myself and show that i'd never let anyone hurt them. They said maybe it could have been someone that babysat her... Trust me when i say there were NO signs of abuse, not a single problem with pain or any indication that it was any injury or fresh problem. She was BORN with it. This is just to illustrate where we are today. Maybe you haven't dealt with this problem with your pediatrician- and that's great for you! But it's happening. Luckily DHS was never called, we saw a specialist twice at a children's hospital and they determined it was absolutely fine. Soon after we switched to a new Dr. though the situation didn't change much.
I have done extensive research and i encourage you to do the same before you have your child vaccinated. Find out what is in them, what they protect your child from, and read the stories about babies that have died from getting too many, the raids that are being done to force you to vaccinate... This is a problem to me, a serious one. I have used dr. tenpenny (google her) for information, as well as www.naturalnews.com they update new articles everyday with pertinent new changes in government and things that go against the natural way of things. You'll be alarmed at what you find!
I am attempting not to get myself flagged here, i don't want to divulge too much information, but i do want to encourage you to protect your child and research the things you use and approve for their care. Choosing diapers and shots are as important as who you allow to babysit them, what you feed them, keeping them warm and clothed... Know what they're injecting into you little ones, PLEASE. Also, if you have mysterious rash's on the baby... try to keep them out of disposables and see if you get that resolved. Read the chemicals that are in diaper wipes and know that disposables are made with polyethylene and polypropylene plastic with bleached paper pulp, AGM (a gelling substance), petrolatum, stearyl alcohol, cellulose tissue, elastic, and perfume.
Blessings to you and your little ones, and if you need help locating good cloth diapers- check my two earlier posts!
P.S. Got my new Best Bottom diapers and they are AWESOME! So worth the money, amazingly narrow, soft, versatile and SO easy to do! Check them out at www.nickisdiapers.com!



  1. Hi Kaylee! I have been reading your blog and LOVE LOVE what you are writing about. I think it's a great way to work out your thoughts and emotions and if you are brave enough to be so public with it, you go girl!
    Now you know I love you so I don't want you to think I'm being antagonistic or asking you for TMI here... but I'm curious so I just HAVE to ask, you know? (Of course your answer might just be "Bethany you're crazy, I'm not talking about THAT on here!)
    Anyway here's my question: All of those same things--bleach, chlorine, perfume, absorbency chemicals, etc--are in feminine care products too, not just disposable diapers. Those things are placed near or into your reproductive organs and have the potential to cause problems there too over time. Have you researched alternatives to that?

    1. Hey! It's not weird:) I am actually quite open about that sort of thing. Anyway they actually have washable, reusable feminine care products as well, sold on many of the cloth diaper websites and natural stores. It definitely has the same affect as diapers with all of the chemicals. I know there are ways to find disposable ones made without chemicals, and generally i've found that the cheaper brands of diapers and any paper product contain less if any perfumes and chemicals.
      I guess it just depends on what a person is willing to sacrifice and where we draw the "Not happening" line! :)