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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Nearly a third of mothers report trouble affording diapers for their children -- and close to one in ten moms leaves kids in wet or dirty diapers to make their supply last longer.

A new study out of Yale University surveyed more than 800 pregnant and parenting women. 30% reported they experienced a time when they could not afford diapers. Eight percent said they would leave their child in a wet diaper, or partially clean a dirty diaper and put it back on, so they could stretch their diaper supply.

Researchers say a mothers' stress related to diapers was right behind concerns about food and housing and made many moms feel ashamed.

The government assistance programs SNAP and WIC do not allow mothers to expense diapers. Children who are not frequently changed are more likely to have urinary tract infections and diaper rashes.

- Study published in the journal Pediatrics.
- Study conducted at the Yale School of Medicine.

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