What are the side effects of using diapers?

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asked Jun 3 in Baby/Newborn by fatermater (1,590 points)
What are the side effects of using diapers?

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answered Jun 3 by Coffeemomma (13,960 points)
The side effects of using diapers can be chemical burns, allergic reactions and diaper rash.

Other than that the diapers are safe to use as long as you clean the baby or child often and don't leave them in a dirty or wet diaper too long.

Diapers don't cause infertility in boys.

It's thought that diapers affect a boys fertility by keeping their private area warm which is supposed to kill off sperm cells.

However there's no truth in that as many boys have worn diapers whether disposable or cloth diapers and are still fertile.

Before the thinner disposables the older disposables diapers were pretty thick and not as breathable so they would have kept a boys private area more warm.

However even then those boys later could and have gotten woman pregnant with no issues.

Bow legs are not caused by diapers.

However thicker diapers and bulkier diapers can spread the baby or toddlers legs apart and make it a bit hard for the child to walk properly.

The most common cause of bow legs is a condition called physiologic genu varum.

When the baby was developing in the uterus (womb), they were in a cramped position.

Some of the baby's bones had to rotate while they were was in your uterus so they could fit in the small space.

However diapers when they get bulky or swell up from pee can make it harder for a baby or toddler to walk properly.

So diapers can affect walking and especially thick cloth diapers can affect walking more but diapers whether cloth or disposable diapers cannot and does not cause bow legs.

For a child to get bow legs a child must suffer from bowleg since birth and natural symptoms will disappear or lessen as the child grows up.

The bowed legs can be corrected gradually using an adjustable frame.

The surgeon cuts the bone and connects an adjustable external frame to it with wires and pins.

Early diagnosis and detection of bowlegs will help you and your child manage this condition.

Arthritis is the primary long-term effect of bowlegs, and it can be disabling.

When it's severe, it can affect the knees, feet, ankles, and hip joints because of the abnormal stresses applied.

If your child has bowlegs along with any of the following symptoms, they may have a more serious condition: bowlegs that continue to get worse after the age of 2.

In some cases, the underlying bowleg condition causes one leg to be shorter than the other.

This can also be corrected, using limb lengthening surgery.

Whether to worry depends on your child's age and the severity of the bowing.

Mild bowing in an infant or toddler under age 3 is typically normal and will get better over time.

However, bowed legs that are severe, worsening or persisting beyond age 3 should be referred to a specialist.

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