First, let me explain to you what actually a Baby Powder is. Baby powder is a product name for talcum powder, which is made from talc, cornstarch, or a mix of the two.
Is Baby Powder Safe For Babies?
Talc is a clay mineral containing magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. This mineral-based product not only used in baby powder but also in many other cosmetics. This most popular diaper rash prevention approach is widely used in infants and young children. But do you know it is totally unsafe to use baby powder on a baby? Talc contains a cancer-causing substance called asbestos which causes cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled.
Even the American Academy of Pediatrics and Indian pediatricians has disqualified the talc that contains asbestos for infants and kids.
How Can You Get Cancer from Baby Powder?
Here I want to point out main substance used in talcum powder called “asbestos” that showed the connection between baby powder or talc and certain types of cancers.
There are two types of powder formation: one that contains asbestos and other that is asbestos-free. Talc with asbestos has higher chances of developing cancer. However, it is still unclear about asbestos-free talc.
When we use baby powder, it releases many microparticles which can be easily inhaled by our baby and adults. It can cause breathing trouble and serious lung damage for babies if they inhale the particles. The risk of developing lung and respiratory problems is higher in babies who are born prematurely, have had frequent respiratory illnesses or are born with congenital heart disease.
I was totally shocked when I read out that talcum powder can cause cancer. However, I am not fond of it but like other moms, I also applied talc powder to my baby to remove diaper rashes. But after reading the risks of harm associated with the talc, I turned to talcum powder alternatives.
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There are plenty of people including man and woman who use talcum powder to absorb moisture and promote freshness. And in toddlers and infants, it is used as a popular diaper rash prevention tactic. According to pediatricians, it’s completely unsafe to apply talcum powder to any areas of skin. It can cause Ovarian Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lung Disease, Respiratory Conditions in Infants and Children.
Where Else Talcum Powder Is Present?
Apart from baby powder, there are many products that in which talc powder is present. The following are some other common products that include talc:
- Bath bombs
- Shower products
- Feminine hygiene products
- Face powder
- Face masks
Next time before purchasing any of these products, look for “talcum powder” or “cosmetic talc” on the label. Ensure you choose companies that certify their product is talc-free, especially if you are using the powder or lotion in your pelvic area.
Tips When You Decide To Use Talcum Powder
If your baby is healthy and you want to use a baby powder, follow the guidelines mentioned below.
If you choose to use powder, make sure you pick the safer cornstarch-based powder.
While applying powder, step away from your baby and shake the powder into your hand.
Alternatives to Talcum Powder
Homemade Diaper Rash Cream for Baby
There are many natural and safe ways to prevent diaper rash, dry/chapped skin, and sunburn in infants. Here I am sharing very effective homemade DIY diaper rash cream that can help reduce inflammation and skin irritation without putting the baby at risk. This homemade diaper rash cream provides a protective layer while calming irritated tushies.
DIY Diaper Rash Cream with Beeswax & Calendula
Total Time: 10 minutes
- ¼ cup shea butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons beeswax pastilles
- 4–6 drops calendula
- 2 tablespoons zinc oxide powder
- ½ teaspoon witch hazel (alcohol-free)
- Mix the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler or you can use a glass bowl and place it in a saucepan with an inch or two of water.
- Bring the water to a boil to melt the ingredients.
- Remove from heat and add the zinc oxide, witch hazel, and calendula.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients as they start to cool. Continue stirring until well blended.
- As it continues cooling, pour the mixture into a container with a tight-fitting lid.
- You can store it for 2–3 months and use, as needed,
There are some safe options instead of talcum powder. Cornstarch is one of the safe and talc free alternatives that will put both your mind and body at ease. It has the same consistency as powder and will be able to absorb moisture easily. It can also help with a countless of issues including skin problems and athlete’s foot. Cornstarch is safe in any area of the body including under the breasts and in between the thighs.
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