Diaper Insecurity: A Hidden Crisis
Diaper insecurity, also known as diaper need, is a term used to describe the inadequate supply of diapers to keep babies and toddlers healthy. It is a critical issue affecting one in three families in our community, particularly those who struggle with poverty, low income, or other financial challenges.
When parents do not have enough diapers for their babies, they may be forced to re-use soiled or wet diapers, which can lead to health problems for the baby and increase the risk of infections. Parents may be unable to send their children to daycare or preschool if they do not have an adequate supply of diapers, which can prevent parents from working or attending school themselves.
Diaper insecurity has a profound impact on the physical and mental health of both babies and parents. Studies show that parents who experience diaper insecurity are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and stress, and their children are more likely to experience diaper rash, infections, and other health problems.
Despite the critical importance of diapers to the health and well-being of young children, they are not covered by government assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or WIC (Women, Infants, and Children). This means that many families are forced to make difficult choices between purchasing diapers, food, and other essential items.
Nonprofit organizations like House of Hope are working to address diaper insecurity by providing free or low-cost diapers to families in need, as well as advocating for policy changes to ensure that diapers are covered by government assistance programs. By raising awareness about the issue of diaper insecurity and supporting Diaper Green Bay, we can help ensure that all babies have access to the clean, dry diapers they need to thrive.