Is talcum baby powder safe?

It’s a common tradition in India to use baby powder on newborns from the day they are born. I have seen it placed in a special dish with a big puff and is used liberally on baby’s bottoms before diapering and after bath. But is it safe?

Breathing Problems in Babies

Talcum powders containing talc which contains Magnesium silicate (asbestos) which was ONCE used was linked to serious lung problems and cancer. Since 1970”s talc free powders are available in the market which are said to be safe. BUT most of the pediatricians are still against it since these powders are really small, easily inhaled particles and be carried in the air can reach baby’s lung causing severe breathing problems.

In the late 1990s studies linked talc to ovarian cancer (see references), in which talc was observed in a number of ovarian and uterine tumours, when used on outer genital parts on baby.



This can be used in little amount since it contain realatively bigger particles, which is difficult to inhale considered better than talc based

2. To Prevent Diaper Rash

Better way to prevent diaper rash is wash and dry the bottom before each diaper change. You can use a medicated cream or ointment.

Brands you may consider are;

  1. HIMALAYA Baby powder (Himalaya claims that this powder is based on ayurvedic medicine)
  2. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder Talc Free.

It is better that you don’t use any powder on baby.

When using

  1. Put the powder into your hand, away from baby, never near her.
  2. Keep the powder tin away from baby’s reach.
  3. Avoid using on baby’s face and genital area.
  4. When you are using ,go far from babies so that he doesn’t inhale it
  5. You can use medicated powder after bath on neck folds, groins but not daily. It can build up and clog the pores of baby.

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