Glossary

Here is a list of terms that you will see used in the rest of the website

 

Biodegradable Diapers

Diapers made of a material that will biodegrade under specific temperature and moisture. However, landfill conditions are not suitable for biodegradation.

Candida

A yeast/fungal that causes diaper rash. Candida can always be found in small quantities all over the skin.  It only becomes a problem when the immune system or the protective skin barrier is compromised.  The immune system can be weakened by antibiotics causing a cycle of recurring cases of infection.  Candida also causes rashes on other parts of the body and also causes thrush.

Cloth Diapers

Diapers made out of a combination of natural and man-made materials such as cotton, wool, bamboo, hemp, polyester, polyurethane laminate (PUL) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).  They have the environmental impact of a waterproof jacket.

Colic

A term used to describe healthy, well fed babies who cry inconsolably for hours.  A mysterious condition that health professional can't agree on what causes it.

Diaper Rash

A skin condition caused by bacteria (Staph and Strep) or yeast/fungal (Candida).  Commonly regarded as an unavoidable dermatitis for babies and is not considered a sign of neglectful care.  However, the condition is very uncommon in the babies who practice elimination communication.

Diaper Rash Cream

Ingredients include zinc oxide, petroleum jelly, boric acid, sodium borate, preservatives and fragrance.  These ingredients are linked to hormone disruption, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, allergies, organ system toxicity.  The preservatives are either known carcinogens or possible carcinogens. Learn more

Disposable Diapers

Disposable diapers made from petroleum products. They stay in the landfill for up to 500 years.  When they degrade, they break down into tiny pieces but never disappear.

Eco Disposable Diapers

Disposable diapers made from renewable materials like corn, potato, sugar cane and cellulose.  This type of diaper is disposed of in the same ways as disposable diapers and stays in the landfill for just as long.

Elimination Communication (EC)

The practice of being aware of when your baby needs to go poop and pee and taking them to the appropriate place to do their business.  Typically, simple sounds are used to associate and signal the action of peeing and pooping.

Gripe water

Was created to treat malaria.  The original formula contained alcohol and sucrose and was banned by the FDA on the basis of being an unapproved drug.  Manufacturers got around the ban by selling gripe water as a dietary supplement. It was believed that the alcohol calmed the baby but a study by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2000 found gripe water had no beneficial value to babies.

Instinct

The inherent inclination of living organisms towards a particular complex behavior. Behavior that does not need to be taught.

Landfill

Modern solid waste treatment facility where daily collected trash is consolidated into existing mounds and covered in dirt.  Landfills can reach over 500ft high and nothing decomposes inside.

PURPLE Crying

A theory promoted by advocates that all babies go through a phase of unexplainable, inconsolable, long stretches of crying.  The goal was to reduce the occurrence of shaken baby syndrome, but the unintended side effect was that more parents were ignoring the cries of their little ones, resulting in an increase in neglected babies.

Staph and Strep

Types of bacteria that causes diaper rash.  Mostly found in feces but can also be found in urine.

Training Pants

What comes after diapers.  A line of products created at the same time when pampers funded a pediatrician to tell parents to not rush toilet training.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Infections caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria found in the gastrointestinal (GI).  Girls are especially at risk because of a shorter urinary tract than boys.  However, the risk is high for both genders when feces are on or close to the Urethral opening.