Talcum Powder And Cancer – How Bad Is Baby Powder For You?


how bad is baby powder you heard
correctly the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using baby
powder as do many individual pediatricians the issue is the talc that
once was used in powders but fortunately has been eliminated in many of these
products talc is a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate the danger
is that babies can easily inhale tiny particles of a better light enough to be
carried in the air when inhale 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 cornstarch isn’t ideal either but its particles are
larger and are not as easily inhaled as talc you should also be careful not to
use either of these powders around older children or adults who have asthma
because of the irritation it can cause when inhaled if you do use powder be
sure not to sprinkle it directly on your baby’s body and keep it as far from the
head as possible it would be best to shake some of the powder on your hands
away from the baby and then use your hands to apply it to the baby’s bottom
be sure to keep any powder you use in a childproof container so that other
youngsters don’t open it and accidentally spill it or shake it into
the air you may have read about a possible link between talcum powder and
cancer according to the American Cancer Society the principle concern is whether
talcum miners or others who have had long-term exposure to particles of the
mineral are at higher risk of lung cancer as a result of breathing them in
in addition some studies have suggested that women who regularly use talcum
powder on the genital area have an increased risk of ovarian cancer
as for a link with lung cancer the big question is whether talc itself might be
at fault or whether small amounts of asbestos that occur with some kinds of
talc are the problem other mineral exposures may also play a role the
American Cancer Society notes that no increased risk of lung cancer has been
reported with consumer use of talcum powder

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