Pediatricians are showing real concern over the use of baby powders. As you probably know, for decades a staple of many parents’ changing tables was a container of baby powder. However, pediatricians are now recommending that the product be avoided completely. The American Pediatric Association recommends against using baby powder, initially over concerns that talc, which was used in some products, but has been largely phased out, could be inhaled and harm babies’ lungs.
There are currently safer baby powder options that use cornstarch as a talc-substitute, like the Honest Company’s organic baby powder, which was recently voluntarily recalled over rash concerns. But despite the alternative powders, Dr. David Soma, a Pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic Children’s Hospital, says the overall message is that the potential of inhaling any powder could be harmful, especially for premature babies or those with heart disease and asthma. Dr. David Soma added:
The talc powder is more concerning than cornstarch based powder, but the big take home message is that we don’t recommend powders.
Dr. Soma said over the last five to eight years, he has noticed a drop-off in parents using baby powder on their babies. But if it’s not recommended, Dr. Soma observed, why do we have it on shelves? It would appear that the manufacturers would phase out baby powders. However, that may not happen. In any event, it should be noted that for parents desperate to prevent diaper rash, there are options other than baby powder.
Source: USA Today
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