Advice on using baby powder

Kara - posted on 06/22/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I have heard not to use the kind with talc in it and that powder in general is not good for babies' lungs? I have also heard that babies really don't need the stuff cause diapers are very absorbent....any thoughts???

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Micheala - posted on 01/07/2013

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Ive found out if I use talc on my daughter it helps with her never ending nappy rash...docs etc have also told me not to use the stuff but ive found it works better for her than any cream, medicine etc that they have gave me for her and ive been countless times to the docs and nothing medical/nappy creams have worked and nappy creams, the amount she needs every time(makes it very expensive for us) and its not like i slather it on really either!

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Jess - posted on 06/24/2009

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I found from my research that there is no reason for it at all. Can be harmful if the baby inhales it. The best thing I ever found for diaper rash is Arbonne--which distributes pure, swiss skin care. It will clear it up very quickly! If anyone wants a sample, do email me and I will give you more info:) jgostlin@gmail.com www.jessicagostlin.myarbonne.come

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talcum powder is made from rocks...do you want to put rocks in his diaper? If you need to, use cornstarch, its cooling, and absorbent, and wont irritate. heck, I use it too, during that time of the month to prevent chafing and irritation...

Kara - posted on 06/23/2009

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thanks for all the advice...it is nice to just see what other moms have done, I appreciate you all taking the time to comment

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I used powder for the first month. Then I realized that it caused more of a mess than anything it was preventing. Just change the diaper frequently and give the toosh a good cleaning and you should be fine without the powder. We used butt creams for awhile too.... can't really speak to any health issues around powder, our pedi never mentioned that as a concern. Good luck : )

Tashia Ann - posted on 06/22/2009

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i have never used it with ether of my kids an i havent ever heard of it being bad for there lungs hummm learn sumthing everyday thx for the insite!

Monica - posted on 06/22/2009

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I heard it was bad for their lungs, I never used it!! If my daugher had a diaper rash, I would use Desitin. If no diaper rash, then I wouldn't use anything. I would let her air dry for a few seconds before I put on the diaper.

Lyndsay - posted on 06/22/2009

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I personally never used baby powder, but my public health nurse told me that it's fine to use (even the talc kind) but you should squirt it out onto your hand away from the baby then rub it on his bum... don't try to squirt it right on the baby's butt.

Jacquelyn - posted on 06/22/2009

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I don't use it and my son has never had a diaper rash except when he was in the NICU.

Stephanie - posted on 06/22/2009

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I've never used it, but haven't had any problems with diaper rash (yet, anyways). However, I've heard that plain corn starch is good to use if a powder is needed.

Ruth - posted on 06/22/2009

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We never used talc when my son was a baby and it certainly hasn't been to his detriment! I think it's one of those old-fashioned things that our grandmothers were convinced was vital baby equipment. As long as you dry your baby properly, I see no purpose in using it.

Nicole - posted on 06/22/2009

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i've also heard the same from my doctor. if the breathe it in, the powder can cause an infection in their lungs. i don't use it all. it's not worth him possibly getting an infection.

Rosy - posted on 06/22/2009

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i heard it soakes into the skin and they have found it in the ovaries of women who have ovarian cancer

Gloria - posted on 06/22/2009

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I've heard some of the same stuff. My son has excema (dry skin), & baby powder often made his skin more dry than it already was. If you're baby has a diaper rash, etc., Desitin is the best stuff that I've found on the market. Clears the diaper rash right up. I hope I've helped. Also, if your baby has sensitive skin, I use the Aveeno baby wash & shampoo, & also the Aveeno lotion for after bath time. I found that this really helps with skin irritation and dryness. Dreft is also a kind of expensive, but very helpful detergent that I use daily on my son's clothes. Dreft even came out with s spray bottle that I use when I wipe down my son's high chair, table, etc. I hope this helps. Have a great day:)

Amanda - posted on 06/22/2009

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The nurses at the hopsital told me not to use any sort of baby powder. I just avoid it.

Crystal - posted on 06/22/2009

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My little one was pretty prone to diaper rashes for the first 2 months. i used everything i could think of (desitin included) to get rid of the rash but it would always come back. i do use powder when he has no rash, i just don't go overboard. one little puff onto his bum is plenty. now he rarely gets rashes and when he does they aren't as bad as they used to be. I haven't heard not to use talc but it does make sense that it would irritate thier lungs, like i said, i use very little, but it does help out tremendously, and it's cheap

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