Baby Powder for Babies?
December 31st, 2016
| Nicole M. Santo
November 29, 2016 - Attorney Nicole Santo - The safety of baby powder has called into question in several high-profile lawsuits. So can a product that has been linked to ovarian cancer be harmful to your baby?
Most health professionals do not support the use of baby powder. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, baby powder can cause breathing trouble and serious lung damage for babies if they inhale the particles. This is especially true of talc-based powders. Because talcum powder is so fine, it’s hard to keep powder out of the air when you’re using it.
Even small amounts of talcum powder can irritate a baby’s tiny lungs – especially if the baby is at high risk for respiratory illness. Those at high risk include babies who’ve had RSV or frequent respiratory illnesses, babies with congenital heart disease, and premature babies. Infants, because of differences in their physiology and metabolism, as well as much smaller body weight, may be more susceptible to adverse effects from talcum powder.
Cornstarch-based powders have coarser particles, and less airborne particles than talcum powder. However, they still can pose an inhalation risk.
The primary reason for powdering a baby is to prevent diaper rash. To achieve that without powder, clean and pat dry your baby’s bottom with each diaper change. Then apply a very slight layer of protective cream or ointment.
“If you have concerns about your baby’s health, speaking to your pediatrician is the best course of action,” says Nicole Santo, Attorney at HKQ Law. “Staying informed and educating yourself are two of the most important steps you can take to protect your baby.”
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