Dusting baby skin with a little powder is a long held tradition of parents everywhere. Baby powder has fallen out of favour in recent years due to its main ingredient – talc (commonly familiar term – talcum powder) – being listed as a possible carcinogen. Furthermore, commercial baby powders may contain synthetic fragrances which can be irritating to baby’s sensitive skin.
Talc & Respiratory Problems
Talc has been gaining lots of attention of late.
One HUGE Reason to make your own Baby Powder:
” The danger is that babies can easily inhale tiny particles of it that are light enough to be carried in the air. When inhaled, talc can dry an infant’s mucous membranes, adversely affect the baby’s breathing, and cause serious lung damage. Studies have shown that talc can lead to shortness of breath and wheezing in babies and can also lead to obstruction of the airways. Some babies have developed pneumonia and some have died as a result of respiratory failure from inhaling the powder.”
– Dr Andrew Weil M.D.
Talc, the softest of minerals, has various industrial (in manufacture of paints, paper, rubber and roofing materials) and commercial uses (cosmetics, food additive and filler in pills and capsules). Complicating the health risk of using talc is the concern that talc may be contaminated with impurities – asbestos. Over the years, some groups of talc miners have been stricken with asbestos diseases and these workers had been paid settlements or judgments fees .
In a clinical study, researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York published test results on 20 talc-based consumer products, including baby and facial powders; and found two types of asbestos, tremolite and anthophyllite, in 10 of the 20 products .
Talc & Ovarian Cancer
The health risk of using talc and its suspicion of causing ovarian cancer was dated back to 1971 when British researchers analyzed 13 ovarian tumors under a microscope and found talc particles deeply embedded in 1o .
There have since been many leading medical journals documenting the link between talc and ovarian cancer, though no all studies have found such association [4,5].
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies the perineal (genital) use of talc-based body powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” based on limited studies on human .
And most recently, early this year (2016), Johnson & Johnson was charged with U$72 million of damages to a family of a woman who died for ovarian cancer, allegedly caused by its Baby Powder and other products that contained talc for feminine hygiene .
Balanced against what the aesthetic reasons are for use of talc in genital hygiene, the risk benefit decision is not really complex. And should we say the same about its use for babies?
Talc Free & Ultra Absorbent
Keep your baby’s skin delightfully soft and comfortable naturally and safely with our talc-free baby dusting powder which is absorbent for baby’s skin.
Main natural ingredients:
- Cornstarch – Keeps the skin smooth and dry.
- Calendula Extract Powder – Wonderful skin-soothing properties and popularly used on babies as a soothing powder.
- Lavender & Rose Geranium Essential Oils – Known for their healing, calming, soothing, antiseptic and antibacterial qualities.
This natural, talc free baby powder is part of our Baby Tender Series which provides our mamas with a natural arsenal of nurturing yet natural products to care for our babies’ beautiful, oh-so gentle skin.
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- . Talc and Carcinoma of the Ovary and Cervix. W.J. Henderson, C.A.F. Joslin, A.C. Turnbull, K.Griffiths. The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Commonwealth. March 1971. Vol.78, pp.266-272.
- . Talcum Powder: The Hidden Dangers. Huffington Post. Samuel S. Epstein. Nov 2011.
- . Perineal use of talc and risk of ovarian cancer. H Langseth, S E Hankinson, J Siemiatycki, E Weiderpass.J Epidemiol Community Health 2008;62:358-360 doi:10.1136/jech.2006.047894.
- . Talcum Powder and Cancer. American Cancer Society. Nov 2014.
- . Johnson & Johnson to pay $72M in talcum powder-related cancer case. USA Today Network. Mary Bowerman. Feb 2016.