Kitaka says that the most common cause of diaper rash is when a baby's nappy is not changed often as mothers try to save or are busy at work and yet some diapers contain preservative chemicals that some babies are allergic to.
A new diaper brand has hit the market, just less than a year
after another international brand Molfix came in amidst pomp and endorsement by
top musicians in the country.
Pure Born, the latest entrant which is UK made is being promoted as Uganda’s first organic
brand and targets middle-class women who are increasingly adopting disposable
diaper options with busy work schedules.
Brendalin Kirungi, the Brand Manager of Pure Born diapers in
Uganda boasts of their product being biodegradable and 100% organic made from
the natural bamboo plant. She told journalists at the launch that they came in
after doing a market survey which pointed to several quality complaints being
raised by parents using diapers.
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Cue out...decomposes. ''//
Even though there is not yet clear data on how big the consumer
market is, according to analysts, Uganda’s disposable diaper market is fast
growing with different brands coming up with some costing as cheap as Shs500
per diaper. This however is amidst skepticism among users with concerns of
adverse health effects including myths of causing infertility among male
URN put this to pediatrician Dr. Sabrina Kitaka who said
there’s no scientific study done in the country to confirm this claim but
rather she notes that nearly 60% of babies born irrespective of the specific
diaper brand will develop a rash.
Kitaka says that the most common cause of diaper rash is
when a baby's nappy is not changed often as mothers try to save or are busy at
work and yet some diapers contain preservative chemicals that some babies are
//cue in;’’ Nappy rash is …//
Cue out… preserve them.‘’//
According to Kitaka, when an allergen-producing product is
applied to anybody, it will lead to a hypersensitivity reaction although it is
in most cases a delayed hypersensitivity reaction. With some babies that wear
diapers for almost two years, the impact will be experienced.
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Cue out… such a product. ‘’//
She recommends the easily degradable diaper brands that are
manufactured without chemicals although emphasizing that these are few on the
However, according to Uganda National Bureau of Standards -UNBS, there are up to eighty disposable diaper brands on the market and
issues they look out for when approving include ability to absorb liquid and
whether the sizes match what is calibrated on the packaging.
Levis Kanene, a Standards Officer tells URN that generally
diapers are available in four sizes, small, medium, large, and extra-large.
In their quality assurance laboratory, he says they also
test the materials used in the product for cleanliness and freedom from disease