10 May 2022 | 4 min Read
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Do you buy and use talc powder for babies to ease their rashes and prevent sweating during summer? You might want to reconsider your decision for a number of reasons as talc based powder can cause several problems to your little one.
Talc powder contains the mineral talc and asbestos. Talc is added to children’s products as well as make up because of it’s silky and soft texture and also because it absorbs moisture. However, breathing in even a small amount of talc is very harmful for babies.
Using talc powder can pose several issues to infants under 1 year of age. They should only be exposed to any powders if the doctor makes a medical recommendation.
1. Unsafe for baby skin: Since talc contains asbestos, inhaling asbestos through talcum powder causes mesothelioma (tumor affecting the lining of the abdomen or chest) and ovarian cancer. Most loose powder products contain talc, especially baby talc powder. They can also irritate the baby’s delicate skin.
2. Harmful for breathing: If your baby inhales talc powder, it can be very harmful as the fine particles present in it can clog the air sacs present in their lungs. It can dry out the mucus membranes and result in respiratory diseases which include asthma, pneumonia, lung fibrosis, respiratory failure and pulmonary talcosis.
3. Not effective against nappy rash: Contrary to popular belief, talc powder does not protect your baby’s skin against rashes either. Instead, apply barrier cream approved by the paediatrician on their bottom.
The major risk with baby powders is that babies breathe in the particles which can cause problems. However, in case you want to apply baby powder, look for these safe alternatives-
Even if you decide to use non-talc based powders for your baby, make sure you do it carefully as even the tiniest amount of any powder can irritate the baby’s lungs. Put the powder on your hands first, away from your baby, not directly on or near her/him.
Dry your baby’s body using a soft towel. The creases on baby skin can get irritation-free if they are well-dried using a towel. Additionally, you can also use
barrier cream or natural baby oil. If not oil, opt for a lotion to keep the baby’s skin.
Take your baby to the doctor immediately. It can cause talcum powder poisoning caused by inhaling the talc dust, especially in infants.
Hence, keep powder containers out of their reach to avoid such accidents. Having said that, it’s best to avoid using powder on babies. Go for a diaper cream that is safe and advised by experts as well.
DISCLAIMER: We have taken steps to check the accuracy of information & practices shared above; however, it is not a replacement for a doctor’s opinion. Please check with either your doctor, or an expert, before trying any suggestion, practice, or medication mentioned here.
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