A healthy alternative to baby powder includes talc-free powders, as talc might contain a carcinogen known as asbestos. Some examples of healthy alternatives to baby powder include any moisture-absorbing powders that contain cornstarch, baking soda, tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, kaolin clay, rice starch, and oat flour blends.
Dangers of Baby Powders
One of the quintessential items associated with newborn babies is the smell of baby powder. The use of baby powder in a diaper is a way for parents to ensure that their babies have reduced moisture while also preventing friction.
However, baby powders are often made with talc-containing materials, which contain asbestos, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Asbestos is a known carcinogen, which is a cancer-causing agent. Talc is a soft mineral mined from areas that are often located close to asbestos mineral deposits. The closeness of these two minerals in the ground often results in talc becoming contaminated with asbestos.
The last thing a new parent would want is to place a known carcinogen directly on the skin of their baby.
Healthy Alternatives to Baby Powder
While parents now often steer away from using any products containing talc on their babies, they still have the same challenge regarding moisture in diapers. Therefore, as consumers, many parents have sought out safer products with absorption-containing ingredients.
As previously indicated, many talc-free products containing different types of moisture-absorbing powders such as cornstarch, baking soda, tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, kaolin clay, rice starch, and oat flour blends. Some of the brands that are currently on the market that advertise themselves as healthy alternatives to baby powders containing talc include the following:
- Burt’s Bees Baby Bees Dusting Powder
- Nature’s Baby Organics Silky Dusting Powder
- Farmaesthetics High Cotton Body Dust
- Honest Organic Baby Powder
- Little Body Powder
- Johnson’s Baby Powder Soothing Aloe & Vitamin E Pure Cornstarch
If you are trying to find talc-free baby powders for your child, you can always simply check the label of the baby powder carefully to ensure that it does not contain any talc as an ingredient.
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Make Your Own Baby Powder
One of the most healthy alternatives to baby powder purchased in a store is to make it yourself. If you make your own baby powder, you will have full control and knowledge of all the ingredients that go into your product that you will use for moisture absorption on your child.
Each person will develop their own preferences, and it is important to note that there is some continued debate regarding the safety of cornstarch due to the fact that it can also cause respiratory issues in children or adults when inhaled, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.
Currently, not enough research exists to make similar determinations regarding the safety of arrowroot powder or kaolin clay. Because of this, if you do make the decision to use any kind of baby powder on your child, you should always attempt to use it in a manner that causes the least amount of dust, leading to possible respiratory distress. Any inhalation of powder can cause not only respiratory distress but possible risks for future medical problems related to the inhalation of those products.
Baby Products That Avoid Powder Altogether
If you truly want to avoid any kind of respiratory distress or challenges for your child, there are still other healthy alternatives to baby powder available to you as a parent. There are products that are actually creams that will cause moisture absorption for babies. These are not only talc-free but they also completely avoid powder altogether.
One such example of this type of moisture-absorbing cream for babies is Baby Cream to Powder by Pipette Baby. Other examples of moisture-absorbing creams also exist from different manufacturers as well.
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You want to do the best for your baby, and that includes providing as many healthy options as possible for your baby’s skin. If you believe that you, or your baby, suffered any kind of medical issues or developed any medical conditions after using talc-containing baby products, consider contacting Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to learn how we can help you today.
You might be able to recover compensation for expenses related to your medical issues, including medical bills and pain and suffering. We work on a contingency basis, which means we only take our payment when your case results in a financial award.