Advertising would have you believe that baby powder is essential for a dry, happy, and sweetly scented baby, but you...
Advertising would have you believe that baby powder is essential for a dry, happy, and sweetly scented baby, but you don't need it. Not only do you not need it, but baby powder can be extremely dangerous, even occasionally deadly for babies. Problems with baby powder... The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents do not use any sort of powder on their baby because powder when inhaled can cause lung and breathing problems. Powder has even been seen to cause death in infants. Some studies show that the ingredients that comprise baby powder are closely related to the chemical make-up of asbestos. Yikes. There are no studies that say that powder even helps treat or prevent baby diaper rash. Instead of powder: The best defense against diaper rash is to change your baby often and dry her well during each diaper change. To prevent rashes further, you can rub a thin layer of petroleum jelly over her bum. If your baby still develops a rash use a diaper rash cream vs. powder. If you still MUST use powder:
- Use cornstarch based powders vs. talc based. Cornstarch has larger particles than talc based products so it's less easily inhaled by your baby.
- Keep the powder in a small, direct area; i.e. don't sprinkle it all over so that the powder clouds around in the air.
- Make sure powder does not accumulate in the folds of your baby's skin.