Talc is a mineral that is used in several cosmetic products including baby care products. According to research, talc is also found in crayons and children’s toys, like crime-scene fingerprint kits. However, some of the talcum-based baby powders with chemical components like magnesium and silicone can harm the little one’s skin. Plus, talc powders can cause severe irritation, redness, and soreness.
Therefore, mums should #check the label while purchasing a baby’s powder and choose the one that is devoid of talc and includes arrowroot powder, oatmeal powder, chamomile and lavender oil with shea and rose butter.
6 Reasons To Look Out For Talc On The Ingredient Label Of Your Baby’s Powder
When inhaled, talc can cause asthma, bronchitis, and talcosis. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, talcum powder should not be used during diaper changes in babies because its small particles can end up inside the lung causing respiratory issues.
Talc can cause pneumoconiosis, a lung disease caused by the inhalation of dust. This can happen if the container of the talcum powder accidentally spills on your baby or even if he/she inhales a small amount of the particles.
This mineral can also irritate your baby’s eyes and cause redness if it accidentally gets into your baby’s eyes.
Medical research suggests that veins of asbestos are often found in talc and carry the risk of cross-contamination if inhaled or swallowed by the little ones. When inhaled, asbestos fibres can also cause chronic health problems to the lungs, throat, and gastrointestinal tract.
Asbestos often found in talcum powders can cause a rare type of chest cancer (called mesothelioma) that can occur after five decades of asbestos exposure.
Researchers have found talc particles in women’s ovarian tumours as women also use baby powder on their genitals.
How To Choose A Baby Powder?
Here are some tips that should be considered when choosing a baby powder.
The baby powder should be free from talc and asbestos
It should not contain artificial fragrances and phenoxyethanol
It should be formulated using certified organic ingredients and must be clinically proven
Some of the benefits of our star ingredients are:
Arrowroot powder – It quickly absorbs the excess moisture from your little one’s skin and keeps it comfortable and dry.
Oatmeal powder – Enriched with soothing and nourishing properties, oatmeal powder reduces skin inflammation.
Shea butter – Shea butter is an excellent natural emollient and keeps your baby’s skin hydrated, smooth and soft.
Chamomile oil – Chamomile oil reduces skin inflammation and soothes your baby’s skin.
You should also read the label before purchasing a baby powder. The talc-free baby powder should also be devoid of gluten, and artificial colours and should be non-GMO.
Your baby’s skin is still developing. Therefore, it is super-soft, delicate and sensitive. It requires love, care, tenderness and gentleness.
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