Permission to change nappies?

Did a consent and sexuality educator really say that?

FACT CHECK: Did a Sexuality Educator Say Parents Should Ask Babies' Permission for Diaper Changes?

Deanne Carson's commentary about consent and sexuality education appeared to be misconstrued on social media and by the press.


Sexuality educator Deanne Carson said parents should ask a baby's permission before changing their diaper.

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Sexuality educator Deanne Carson said parents could ask children if it is okay to change their diapers to teach them "their response matters," noting that it is not actually possible for babies to consent to a diaper change.


Carson did not say infants were able to or parents were required to receive consent for diaper changes; Carson did not say infants who refused consent should remain in dirty diapers.

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How to change your baby's nappy - NHS.UK

How to change a nappy

Babies need frequent nappy changes, but how often they need changing depends on how sensitive their skin is.

Some babies have very delicate skin and need changing as soon as they wet themselves, otherwise their skin becomes sore and red. Other babies can wait to be changed until before or after every feed.

All babies need changing as soon as possible when they've done a poo (stool) to prevent nappy rash (see our visual guide to baby rashes).

Young babies need changing as many as 10 or 12 times a day, while older babies need to be changed at least six to eight times.

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The Sun

Expert claims parents should ask babies for PERMISSION before changing their nappies

TYPICALLY when a baby's nappy needs changing, you go ahead and change it - no questions asked.

But one sexuality expert has left parents baffled after claiming they should ask their babies for permission before they change their dirty nappies.

Deanne Carson works with children to understand the issues of consent and describes herself as a "sexuality educator, speaker, and author" on Twitter.

Discussing her work in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Deanne said she works "with children from three years old" and "parents from birth" to raise awareness of consent.

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