Why We Should Not Use Talcum Powder On Babies

Few days back, one of my close friends sent a picture of her niece where her mom was applying baby powder on her. We feel that it will help baby in getting rid of the rashes or help in avoiding the rashes. Especially , it is used in summer season the most to avoid sweat and are used as a deodorant too.

In India it is still a regular habit but as per American Academy of Pediatrics, powders can cause breathing problem.If you ask your pediatrician then he or she will tell you that it’s not recommended now . If he has no ideas about it then better change the pediatrician as he is not equipped with new changes .

why we should not use baby powder

Coming to the rashes. Well I myself have tried it when I was unaware and had misplaced the baby rash cream. It hardly works. One has to switch to baby diaper rash cream sooner or later. I agree that powder helps in keeping the baby bums dry, but after drying it needs a thin layer of protective ointment or cream.  So switching to ointment is still a better idea.

You will also find that  baby powders are not that famous in U.S and one of the biggest reasons is this. It’s a strict “No” there. Still if you can’t stay without it now then try using a cornstarch based powder and do your best that the baby does not inhale much of it. You can put the powder first on your hand and then apply it all over keeping it near to baby body as much as possible. Only prevention which you have to take care is not to shake it when you child is near by .

Happy parenting 🙂

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  1. I keep telling this to many…. u can also try liquid powders… to avoid it flying around and getting into lungs… and for baby girls it is more harmful because the powder can go inside the body…

  2. Yup! But i have left powders all together ..I think i should try liquid powders instead of just completely banning it out.

  3. Talcums are completely out in the US – now they have a talcum free variety known as dusting powders, but my pediatrician gave a strict no for any kind of powders!

  4. Hey anamika, you are right. My ped. here doesn’t recommend powder. The other two things are honey and cow milk(before 1 year). And I love ur website n a fan of all the posts. But why so limited stuffs on baby blog.

    Mum of 5 month old angel (aadya).

    • Hi Srabani,

      Cows milk is a no no and so is honey.Unfortunately both were given to us in heaps 😛

      Well, I will try to be regular here..Wise She takes lot of my time but hopefully this blog will be regular too soon as now Anvika is going to be a year old 🙂

  5. I never used baby powder when my son was younger (and I was pretty strict with the cow milk and honey too, much to the chagrin of my in-laws), but now that he is growing (he’ll be 3 in July), he sweats a lot in summers and I need a bit of powder on his body (folds of his skin). What do you recommend in that case? I still don’t use any powder on his face.

    • You can use liquid powder then or powder which are corn starch free..I am right now not using any powder on her..Moreover ! if you don get anything then put the powder first into your hand and keep it close to his body so that he doesn’t inhale it .

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