My response to “but we used that all the time and our kids are fine” Part 1

Thank you for your concern with my baby’s butt. It is a cute butt if I do say so my self. The cutest butt in the known universe! I appreciate your concern for said butt but I assure you she does not need baby powder. I understand that you used to use it all the time on everything and your kid is fine but mine does not need it and will not be using it.

Did you know that talcum powder is linked to ovarian cancer in woman?  Talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. When analyzing biopsies they actually found talc in the cancerous tissues!(2)

Did you know that talc has a very similar fibers similar to the carcinogen asbestos?

Did you know that cosmetic grade talc remains non-regulated by the federal government?

Did you know the common household hazard posed by talc is inhalation of baby powder by infants? Since the early 1980s, records show that several thousand infants each year have died or become seriously ill following accidental inhalation of baby powder.(3)

Did you know talc is in baby powder? In your pesticides? Your scented powders? May be lurking in your cosmetics? Your ant-acids and other medications? Talc is used in smaller quantities in deodorants, chalk, crayons, textiles, soap, insulating materials, paints, asphalt filler, paper, and in food processing.

So thank you for your concern but my baby’s butt (and lungs and ovaries) are and will remain talc free. If there ever is a point where she gets diaper rash because of too much moisture I will make my own non talc based baby powder. I found a good recipe that I will share below!

It turns out that since we cloth diaper she has only had diaper rash twice, and that has been when she was cutting a tooth so I am not worried. So please, mind your own baby’s butt and I hope this helps bring to light some before unforeseen problems to “the way I did it with my kids and they turned out fine”.

Make your own baby powder:

1/3 cup white cosmetic clay

1/3 cup powdered arrowroot

1/3 cup cornstarch

1 tablespoon zinc oxide powder

1/4 teaspoon calendula essential oil

1/4 teaspoon tea tree essential oil

1/4 teaspoon essential oil of lavender

1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in a lidded jar with a shaker insert (leftover herb jars with holed inner lids are perfect).

2. Makes a little more than a cup.

1.National Toxicology Program. “Toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of talc (GAS No 14807-96-6) in F344/N rats and B6C3F, mice (Inhalation studies).” Technical Report Series No. 421. September 1993.

2. Harlow BL, Cramer DW, Bell DA, Welch WR. “Perineal exposure to talc and ovarian cancer risk.” Obstetrics & Gynecology, 80: 19-26, 1992.

3. Hollinger MA. “Pulmonary toxicity of inhaled and intravenous talc.” Toxicology Letters, 52:121-127, 1990.


3 responses to “My response to “but we used that all the time and our kids are fine” Part 1

  1. I know I’m also sick of the “You lived through it.” line of idiot Grand Parents. Hello I have more health problems then a chihuahua.

  2. LOL more health problems than a chihuahua! so true though. At least we figured out things eventually before it was really too late ya know?

  3. I don’t know anyone who still uses baby powder. I was given a trial size one as a gift, along with the tiny shampoo and lotion bottles. I’ve never needed it and the idea of his little balls being caked in powder weirds me out. Pat dry and change often seems to work for us. The little powder bottle has been a fun thing to nom on during changes, though.

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