1 Aug 2022 | 3 min Read
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Mums should be careful and avoid toxins and talc while picking baby powder for the little one, as it is generally applied directly to the baby’s skin. Baby powder absorbs moisture and keeps your baby comfortable, especially when the nappy brushes against his/ her bottoms.
Your baby’s skin is 20-30% thinner than an adult’s and it is super-soft and sensitive as it is still developing. Therefore, while choosing a baby powder for your baby, you should read the labels to avoid toxins and talc.
Some of the talcum-based baby powders with chemical components like magnesium and silicone can harm the little one’s skin. Therefore, it is advisable to opt for a talc-free baby powder.
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Talc powders contain a substance called asbestos that is highly toxic and can cause severe irritation, redness, and soreness. If your baby accidentally inhales it, it can cause asthma, bronchitis, and talcosis. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, talcum powder should not be used for babies because its small particles can end up inside the lung and can cause respiratory issues.
If the powder container accidentally spills on the little one or even if he/she inhales a small amount of the particles, it can cause a serious lung disease called pneumoconiosis. Talcum powder can also cause redness and irritation if it accidentally gets into your baby’s eyes.
Medical research suggests that within the first year, a baby’s digestive system cannot tolerate the harsh gluten protein. This can lead to severe constipation and abdominal pain in babies when after being absorbed in the skin.
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