Julian Omidi examines a current study that shows that 30% of mothers are struggling to pay for diapers.
Low-income mothers often struggle to pay for their children’s necessities such as food and shelter, although now a further bare necessity may be added to that list: diapers. According to a recent study from the journal Pediatrics, as much as 30% of mothers are struggling to pay for diapers for their children.
Several factors contribute to the inability of low-income mothers to afford diapers for their children; per child, the average cost for an adequate annual supply of diapers is roughly $1,000 per child, which can be as much as 6% of gross income for a mother making minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Additionally, government assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Women, Infants, and Children do not cover diapers.
Due to the inability of some mothers to be able to pay for new diapers there have been instances of low-income mothers leaving their children in diapers after they have been soiled or even going as far as scooping out the mess and putting the diapers back on the child. These methods have been shown to result in health issues such as skin and urinary tract infections for the children and development of mental health issues for the mother in the present and the child in the future.
Part of the research performed by the Yale University School of Medicine recently concluded that women who lack an adequate supply of diapers for their children often experience symptoms of anxiety and depression that may put themselves and their children at risk.
Luckily there are several organizations that are working to help provide this seemingly simple necessity to mothers across the United States, especially the National Diaper Bank Network, which is a non-profit that works to provide this product for mothers and babies in need.
WPIX in New York has also provided a number of tips in the video below on how to save money on diapers through online coupons, joining Amazon Mom, and signing up for newsletters through diaper companies such as Huggies or Pampers.
Please help the nonprofit organizations in your area that provide assistance to impoverished mothers, children, and families, through donations of diapers to shelters in your area or by giving your support to an organization like the National Diaper Bank Network.
By Julian Omidi
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