Safe powder for your little one's bottom that don't cause cancer.
As many mummies have already known; many baby powder on the market contains or is made from Talcum powder, which has come under public's scrutiny regarding its safety of use and whether it causes cancer.
What is Talcum Powder?
According to American Cancer Society -
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products.
When talking about whether or not talcum powder is linked to cancer, it is important to distinguish between talc that contains asbestos and talc that is asbestos-free. Talc that has asbestos is generally accepted as being able to cause cancer if it is inhaled. The evidence about asbestos-free talc is less clear.
Currently the science and evidence on this is still blurry, but why put our little ones at risk even if minimum when there are so many more SAFER and CHEAPER alternatives?
Here is a list of top 5 powder we can find anywhere that does not harm anyone.
1. Corn Starch
Isn't if for cooking? Not just cooking! In actual fact, many big brands are using it as alternative for talcum powder these include - Burt’s Bee’s Baby Dusting Powder, The Honest Company Organic Baby Powder and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Pure. We might as well save a couple of bucks by just buying corn starch from the baking section - they can be organic and fragrance free.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda isn’t just for baking or deodorizing your fridge. It is safe to use as an alternative to baby powder. However, babies with sensitive skin might find it a little harsh on their skin, try getting non-pure baking soda like the ones mixed with corn starch.
3. Tapioca Starch
Tapioca starch is good at absorbing moisture and oil, will make a dandy baby powder.
Some common benefit of these powders are that they are cheap, easy to find, and whatever's left can be cooked and eaten!
What other alternatives can Mummies think of?