Baby powder threat concerns!
Talcum powder has been a staple in baby changing bags for years, it’s a well-known essential that parents have come to rely upon. But is talcum powder really a baby changing necessity? And more importantly, is it safe?
We all know about the dangers of babies inhaling talcum powder, such as respiration problems later in life, but experts are now concerned over the long term risks of using talcum powder on women.
Just this week Johnson & Johnson have faced a huge pay out in latest talc scandal. The corporation has been ordered to pay $417m (£323m) to Eva Echeverria, who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using products such as Johnson's baby powder for feminine hygiene.
There have been concerns for years that using talcum powder may increase the risk of ovarian cancer and this case is merely one of thousands of lawsuits alleging the company failed to warn of the risk of cancer from talc in its products.
So what should we do? Should we stop using talc on our children? While there have been a lot of court cases, the evidence is not wholly conclusive, other studies have looked for a link and not found one! It’s all very confusing!
But if you do have concerns about using the product then there are other ways of preventing diaper rash, if possible give your baby’s bottom a minute to air out during nappy changes, once the baby’s bottom is completely dry maybe use a zinc oxide based cream such as Sudocrem as a barrier for sensitive skin.
How do you feel about the claims against talcum powder, do you use it for your children or on yourself? Will this case make you more wary of the products you use? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.