Know the Facts

  • 1 out of every 4 babies in Illinois is born into poverty.
  • A healthy change of diapers costs $100/month or more for all ages.
  • Food Stamps, Link, WIC, public aid, and Medicare do not cover diapers.
  • An average infant can use up to 12 diapers per day; an average toddler can use up to 8 per day.
  • A child will go through thousands of diapers in his/her lifetime.
  • 15-20% of all adults over age 65 suffer some degree of incontinence.
  • Cloth diapers are not an option
    • Childcare centers require parents to leave disposable diapers with their child.
    • Many poor households do not have washing machines.
    • Adult supplies aren’t readily available in cloth.

What Does All This Mean?

  • Parents who can’t afford $100/month to leave disposable diapers with their children at child care facilities often leave the workforce until their children are out of diapers, which plunges the family further into poverty. Child care costs are subsidized, but there are no subsidies for diapers.
  • In low-income households, a baby may be in a single diaper all day or longer, increasing the risk of health problems from skin disease to hepatitis.
  • A baby crying non-stop from being in a soiled diaper for a prolonged period of time is more likely to be physically abused. Children under age 3 represent 28% of all abuse and neglect cases.
  • Elder abuse is more likely in a multi-generational household facing the added stress of adult incontinence.
  • Healthy but incontinent adults often become homebound if they can’t afford supplies. This creates loneliness and depression. The Diaper Bank’s supplies have helped seniors who haven’t left their homes in two years.
  • Prolonged illness can wipe out a family’s savings. Medicare covers neither prescriptions nor incontinence supplies, leaving little choice as to which the family will choose to purchase with their limited means.
  • Many disabled babies never outgrow the need for
  • Adding diaper costs to uncovered medical expenses can devastate families earning an otherwise adequate income.
  • Many disabled children and adults need diapers/incontinence supplies for school, job training or work.

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Drop-Off Site

Wauconda Township Hall
505 W. Bonner Rd.
Wauconda, IL 60084


Diaper Bank
Partnership of Lake County
Phone: 847.544.9568