Parents have been using powder for years to dry their baby’s bottoms after a diaper change. It’s one of those parenting practices we expect to follow when our babies are born. That is until we find out there’s reason to skip the tradition. With the recent news about the health risks associated with talc in baby powder, it’s clear we need to find other alternatives.
But what is the problem with talc? On the EWG Skin Deep website, talc rates a ‘3, which isn’t so bad on its own but upon further reading, you can see there talc has the possibility of contamination with asbestos fibers, a human carcinogen. Our skin is our largest organ, and when it comes to the health of our children, it’s best to follow the precautionary principle and avoid talc altogether.
The arrival of a baby often gets future moms and dads thinking about what we rub onto our skin. Babies are so small; their immune systems, lungs, central nervous system and reproductive organs are still developing, making them more vulnerable to chemicals in personal care products.
In a perfect world, products for children would be cleaner than clean and purer than pure. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. So, here are a few tips to help keep your skin and that of your child’s smooth, soft and safe!