Have you ever read the label on your baby powder container? Assuming you own one. If it says TALC, you should definitely ditch it. It is no bueno for babies – even the American Academy of Pediatrics now advises against the use of talc-based baby powder.
What’s wrong with talc?
Due to its very fine particles, talc can cause breathing issues, lung damage, or even death when inhaled.
But that’s not all.
Fears have grown over whether talcum powder could be carcinogenic.
Earlier this month, Johnson & Johnson was hit yet again. The company was ordered to pay a substantial amount of money to a 62-year-old woman from Virginia for allegedly failing to disclose the cancer risk associated with its talc-containing products.
The jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence, and conspiracy.
Does this mean that talcum powder causes cancer?
I mean, maybe.
The evidence isn’t clear.
Some talc in its natural form contains asbestos which is known to cause cancer if inhaled. This type of talc has presumably not been used since the 1970s though.
However, the American Cancer Society admits that the evidence of carcinogenicity of asbestos-free talk is “less than clear.” Specifically, some animal studies have shown that talc can promote tumor growth, but others have not.
Talc isn’t the only problematic ingredient in baby powder.
If you pay attention to labels, you’ll notice that there is often yet another ingredient in baby powders to worry about – fragrance. A worrisome blend of unknown synthetic chemicals.
Now, to be fair, you CAN find more natural versions of baby powder out there. Absolutely!
But what if you didn’t have to?!
What if you could use a baby powder substitute that you probably already have at home?
Look, I’m positive there is a whole bunch of natural baby powder recipes floating on Pinterest. That is an option, too. I’m sure they work, and smell like a lavish lavender field or pure baby cuteness with a drop of morning dew.
If you want to make homemade baby powder, more power to you!
If you don’t, use a simple baby powder alternative that requires no measuring or mixing. Just sayin’.
It’s CORN STARCH
Simple enough, right?
If you can, I’d suggest using organic corn starch, but conventional will do the job just fine.
Why corn starch?
IT WORKS: Corn starch accomplishes the exact same effect as talcum powder but without the known risks.
IT’S EASY TO GET: Corn starch isn’t some random product you’ll need to hunt down in your town or online. Every grocery store carries corn starch. (You’ll usually find it at the baking section.)
IT’S SAFE: For what it’s worth, any type of powder is starting to get frowned upon these days by the medical community. Corn starch powder isn’t as concerning though because its particles are larger than talc and less airborne.
Apply any kind of powder carefully.
Don’t shake any type of powder directly on the skin. Sprinkle a small amount in your hand first, and apply gently where needed.
Times have changed. I have vivid memories of babies and moms appearing out of clouds of white powdery goodness. Creating a powder mushroom cloud is now a big no-no, so don’t do it.
ALWAYS keep powders away from kids!