Yes you read it right the baby powder we use daily can cause unimaginable adverse effects on the baby. Many known pediatric academies around the world recommend against using baby powder. The issue is the talc that once was used in powders but, fortunately, has been eliminated in many of these products.
Talc is a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. The danger is that babies can easily inhale tiny particles of it that are light enough to be carried in the air. When inhaled, talc can dry an infant’s mucous membranes, adversely affect the baby’s breathing, and cause severe lung damage. Studies have shown that talc can lead to shortness of breath and wheezing in babies and can also lead to obstruction of the airways. In addition to that, it can cause lung irritation which leads to additional respiratory issues.
If the baby is affected with any respiratory problems like asthma you should strictly avoid using baby powder. If you are really ok with using baby powder, there is a simple way of applying it ,
- Take the powder in your hands, rub it gently on your baby’s bottom.
- Keep it as distant as from the baby,
- Keep it in a dry tight container away from the baby,
- Apply the powder (avoiding the baby’s head) and wipe away any excess powder after application.
Alternates for Baby powder
As an alternative to baby powder, you can use over-the-counter creams or ointments made for treating diaper rash. Petroleum jelly is another option.
You may have read about a possible link between talcum powder and cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the principal concern is whether talc miners or others who have had long-term exposure to particles of the mineral are at higher risk of lung cancer as a result of breathing them in. In addition, some studies have suggested that women who regularly use talcum powder on the genital area have an increased risk of ovarian cancer.