While preparing for my son’s doctor appointment, I pack a bag, take snacks and make sure he’s wearing his favorite cloth diaper. I love taking cloth diapers and sharing our favorite prints with the medical staff at Children’s Hospital. Chances are my son will be seen in his diaper by nurses, students, specialists, x-ray techs and anyone else he passes running up and down the halls. I have learned a few things about taking cloth to hospitals and medical tests. Sometimes I’m educating staff! Here are a few tips for using cloth diapers during medical imaging. Did you know that not all Cloth Diapers can be Used in an X-Ray or MRI Machine? Here’s a bit from our adventures:
When we went for my son’s first x-rays, we were caught off guard. I didn’t expect to have medical tests done that day and I thought his WAHM cloth diaper was fine. I was wrong! For X-Ray machines, snaps are a no-no. Apparently, if they are within view of the image, they show up on film. I didn’t think this was possible since they’re not metal, but we have been told by several x-ray departments that the snap material is thick or dense enough to show up on film. My son typically has his thigh bone, pelvis and knee x-rayed and I prefer for him to have something on for it.
What is a cloth diapering Mom to do? On X-ray day we take an aplix/velcro diaper without rise snaps and use velcro or aplix. Keep in mind that the no-snap policy applies to inserts too. If you use AI2s or pockets with snap-in inserts, or inserts with snaps like the Bum Genuis 4.0s microfiber inserts, you’ll have to use a prefold or other snap-free insert for the photo. You can always change back after testing is done. It’s nice to avoid the disposable and have baby or toddler feel as normal as possible. I tell my son to “say cheese” and he’s under the impression that his photo is being taken…which is partially true!
Before our first MRI I contacted the imaging center. After learning that my 2 year old couldn’t wear snaps into an x-ray, I wanted to ask ahead of time. The MRI tech told us that snaps were fine for MRI! As long as the diaper didn’t have any metal that could be magnetized by the machine, the diaper was fine. I’ve thought about this for awhile, and while I don’t believe any of our diapers have metal…I realize that it could be a possibility for an embellishment, functional part or label. Brands such as Fuzzibunz and SoftBottoms have a metal spring adjustment for hidden elastic that would be a no no, but out other brands are fine. For MRI images, we take my son’s favorite crayon diapers (with snaps) and he gets to show his favorite hand made cloth to anyone who walks by!
My son underwent surgery after just turning two. I was able to take his favorite cloth diapers to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and use them right away. I was surprised, but also pleased, that nursing took a completely hands off approach to his care and didn’t make any attempts to change his diapers. I think that they assumed that between me, my husband and Grandma and Pop present we had it covered. If you’re unsure about a hospital’s policy, make sure to call ahead of time.
If you’re having a wrist x-rayed, a diaper shouldn’t matter, but for some facilities policies are policies. I have been both pleasantly surprised by the knowledge some staff, and also disappointed by some who are encountering cloth for the first time…and insist we need a disposable. I let them know that our diapers have many of the same materials that clothes already listed as safe for use within the machine do. If materials like the elastic in athletic pants, regular underwear and shirts without snaps are okay, then my cloth is too! Educating staff and getting cloth added to the ‘okay’ list will not only help my family on our next trip, but will also hopefully help the next cloth diapering family and perhaps make their day a bit easier.
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