A “cool” novel use for a diaper

Stumbled onto a novel use for a diaper, courtesy of the nursery nurses at Doylestown Hospital.

Diapers make a perfect ice pack.  At the end of the diaper which has adhesive tabs, make a hole in  the inner lining.  Push your hand into the diaper to separate the the lining from the back of the diaper.  This will make a pouch.  Put crushed ice into the pouch and roll the end of the diaper with the hole a couple times.  Secure with adhesive tabs. Now you have a soft, waterproof ice pack which will remain cool as the ice melts and is absorbed by the gelatinous diaper innards.

Perfect for all sorts of boo-boos.

When I told one of my patient’s mom about this hint today, she told me that she used a number 5 diaper when her water broke.  I suppose Plato was right: necessity is the mother of invention.

Naline Lai, MD and Julie Kardos, MD
©Two Peds in a Pod®

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  • Reply Linda October 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    My water broke at home and I also used a diaper for the 45 minute car ride. I lined the seat with towels but the diaper did the job. My husband found it funny though when we got to the triage area and I had to show the nurse that my water had broken and she saw the Loony Tunes characters in my pants!

  • Reply Karen March 1, 2011 at 12:39 am

    After giving birth to my son, I used his swaddlers as an ice pack to help ease the pain I was feeling. It was much more effective than the cheap useless ice packs the hospital provided and lasted a lot longer to.

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