Diaper Need Awareness Week

Diaper Need Awareness Week September 10- 17, 2012

· A baby will need an estimated 6,000 to 9,000 diaper changes from birth to potty training.

· A healthy change of diapers costs $100 a month or more.

· Infant Crisis Services gives away and an average of 9,000 diapers every week.

· Infant Crisis Services is the only diaper bank in central Oklahoma.

· Government assistance programs do not provide diapers, which makes Infant Crisis Services the only agency in central Oklahoma that provides diapers to needy babies and toddlers.

· 1 out of 3 families struggle to buy diapers.

· Many parents have to choose between buying food or diapers.

· Parents are often forced to reuse diapers.

· An inadequate supply of fresh diapers forces many parents to leave their child in a soiled diaper longer than is appropriate, which frequently leads to diaper rash and may cause staph infections and urinary tract infections.

· Lack of access to a reliable diaper supply can lead to child abuse and neglect.

· At a rate of six diapers per day per child, diaper wearing children in poverty in the United States require more than 5.8 billion diapers annually to keep them clean, dry, and healthy.

· When parents run out of diapers, they are forced to withdraw their child from child care. Without proper child care, parents cannot work to support their families and cannot attend the schooling that will help them provide a firmer economic base for their family.

· Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities, will turn away a child who arrives without a day’s supply of disposable diapers.

· Lack of diapers leads to a range of negative outcomes in children, including problems with behavior, cognitive ability, language development, school adjustment and overall well-being.