Maternal & Child Community
Baby Powder
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to breast feeding, childhood disease, colic, child discipline, immunization, lactation, newborn care, post partum depression, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and special needs children.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Baby Powder

Does anyone use baby powder anymore?  What exactly is it used for anyway?  Ava gets milk under her chubby little neck, my SIL says to use powder under her neck to absorb the milk, and to cut back on odor.  My pedi says to stay away from it.  Does anyone else use baby powder??  
Related Discussions
32 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
i dont use it. i read on the back of one at babiesrus that its for smoothing out skin or something. but theres a warning on it becuase babies can breath it in causing problems.

dommy wound up with a milk rash under his neck too but my moms friends (who all have had lots of kids) say to use triple paste or something under it. they put some on and it went away real quick
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
That makes sense Kim.  Thanks for reminding me of that.  The only Baby Powder we have is a trial size, and I have yet to read the back of it.  I just don't see anyone using powder anymore.  I remember seeing my SIL use it on my nephew 13 years ago, and I remember a little puff of powder errupt as he passed gas.. that was funny.  =)
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
yeah i got a trial size too! but i learned about the whole breathing it in thing at one of my baby basic classes and im like theres no point. i might as well use lotion on his skin and diaper rash cream uner his neck! hehe lol
Blank
162279_tn?1270604959
The last baby powder I got was at my shower 18 years ago with DD #1, and it's still 3/4 full!!! It's just not safe to use for their little lungs.
Ava chubby? Really? She is sooooo tiny!! Does she really have a little chub around the neck now? lol
Blank
174483_tn?1327629077
i still use powder...i know i dont follow directions ! the hospital told me no powder for babies anymore because of the breathing problems, but both my babies have reactions to nystatin cream for diaper rash, and most over the counter creams as well, so i put pure corn starch powder in their diapers....away from them so they dont breath it in and it works in about a day, and occationally ill put it directly on them but i put it on my hand first .....but for rashes on the neck id stray away.....this sounds weird, but i have doubled chinned babies and they get rashes undedr their, so i just put a tiny bit of vassaline (for babies) under there and the rash goes away...no doctor told me to do so i just thought i would try it and it worked for me
Blank
127529_tn?1331844380
I used a liquid talc with my kids on their bodies after a bath, it goes on like a cream but leaves that soft powdery feeling and no powder to be inhaled.
Blank
361951_tn?1220582583
Just this past weekend, someone suggested to me that it was great for getting sand off a baby after a beach visit (especially the sand that gets in the diaper area-lol).  I haven't tried it yet, but I'm going to bring some along on our beach vacation this summer!



Blank
173939_tn?1333221450
The regular baby powder is talcum powder, it contains minerals that are similar to asbestos. So it has been suspected that baby powder might cause asthma and possibly cancer. As an alternative corn starch powder was marketed. The only problem is that it can make yeast  diaper rashes worse if they already exist (nit sure if there are other kinds of diaper rashes anyway). I guess that`s why paediatricians recommend to stay away from powder altogether.
Blank
172023_tn?1334675884
One of the issues with talc is that using it around the genital areas of female infants has been loosely associated with a higher risk of ovarian or other genital tract cancers later in life.

Cornstarch is a safe alternative.  But be cautious with anything you use that the baby couild inhale, too.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
i still use baby powder on both of my kids same problem as taysmommy cause both boys have sensitive and once i stop useing it my boys get a rash and i tried the creams and nothing works
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I dont like it and dont use it. It just clumps up in my girls, uhem, genital area. It is a pain to clean out of the folds of the area, and I find, causes more of a rash. I dont use anything but diaper cream on diaper rashes, I avoid powder altogether. It is a mess and a pain. (Not to mention if your toddler gets into it and dumps it all over your house!)
Blank
172826_tn?1292440112
I've been raised with baby powder..I wash Cameron so he smells good but baby powder just adds to it.. NEVER has he gotten it directly on his skin.. When I apply it to him it is between his undershirt and pjays.. which I might have to stop being that the temperature is getting quite warm...When i put shorts on him for bed, which happened twice, i just put it on his bum on the diaper
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I love the smell of baby powder.  It's a fresh, clean scent.  One of my girfriend uses it for face powder b/c it absorbs oil.  It doesn't look white on her face, just very smooth.  
Blank
165078_tn?1255610007
I wonder why they still include it with those baby gift packs?  No - I was told not to use it too.  I have about 10 of those little bottles I got at my shower with all those little gift packs and I dont know what to do with it.

When dd was an infant I would put a little baby towel under her chin during feedings - no need for bibs that young and it worked fine.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Yep, Ava has a double chin just like her mommy.  =)  She is a sloppy eater.  I put bibbs on her, and we still end up with milk everywhere.  I usually use a baby wipe to wipe the excess milk from her neck folds.  It looks like it get raw under there.  I found while I was going through my goodies from my baby shower that I have two bottles of liquid baby powder.  I tried it on my hands and it was messy and hard to clean off!  

Blank
165078_tn?1255610007
oops - just an fyi - baby wipes may be hard on her little chin?  My dd has eczema so I know I have to stay clear of her face with them and my hands (I have eczema too) are raw from the wipes.  My derm had to give me a lotion for them.

Sorry - just in case your dd has sensitive skin you may not want to use a wipe on her little face.  warm wash cloth.  Those long wash cloth looking towels work well because you can pretty much wrap them all around the front and under her little chin.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Thanks!  She has become a little irritated lately but I thought that was caused by the heat.  I'll keep that in mind.  
Blank
118074_tn?1228332603
Yes, you can purchased liquid "powder" or just use plain old petroleum jelly to help with the rash.  
Blank
165078_tn?1255610007
oh - also - Aquaphor is great for those little unexplained rashes.  

can you tell I had to deal with a lot of rashes???  Aquaphor still is my rash over the counter med of choice.  
Blank
127529_tn?1331844380
I use it if my hair is looking a bit oily but I haven't time to wash it, a little bit rubbed onto my hands and then run through my hair dries up any oily patches!
Blank
419008_tn?1219540038
I use it under my lil girls neck, and it is great for getting the sand off at the beach - if you are worried about them inhaling it - they sell roll on baby powder - just like roll on deodorant - i love it!
Blank
172826_tn?1292440112
oh another note aside from for babies.. Apparently..if you perpire sp? Sweat alot and you are going to an outing after you dry yourself from your shower baby powder seems to help.. under the arms etc... I dont know i havent tried but just an idea thrown out there.. anyone else heard of it or tried?
Blank
162279_tn?1270604959
Malissa you do NOT have a double chin!! You are BEAUTIFUL!!!! :)
Blank
146191_tn?1236881412
cantwait - i agree. i swear by Auquaphor. edward gets all types of mysterious rashes/dry skin spots and when he was real little, had a little baby ecsema (eczema). the Aquaphor really works great.

i have not really used baby powder much at all. i was told at the hospital it was a no-no so i stayed away from it at diaper changes and such for a long time. but i got sooo much of it at my baby shower? recently, i jave patted it on his underarms and little belly if he wakes up in the middle of the nite soaked through his diaper and i have to wash him down with a wet washcloth. i never put in his his diaper area though. i guess its a persaonal choice, but when they are so little, you don't want them to inhale anything that could be damaging to their health.

babyhardiman - your little munchkin is sooo adorable :o)
Blank
427258_tn?1266448842
i never heard of these things and i use baby powder all the time on my sons. when they have bm's i use a little to mask the remaining odor and thats it. i never knew about them inhailing it and what not.
Blank
316994_tn?1259007038
Wow after hearing this I feel bad about using powder. I'm going to stop!!
Blank
513175_tn?1222961102
baby powder is ok, just as long as it is talc-free!! make sure when you buy it you only buy ones that state that it is talc-free on the label, they are mostly made with cornstarch.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Thank you!!  Her looks change every day!  Just as I get used to her looks she turns around and gets cuter on me.  =)

Jenny - Thanks!  I try to keep myself up.. but lately I really feel like being "comfortable", ya know what a mean?  A nice pair of cotton shorts and a baggy t-shirt, with a pair of really thin cheap flip flops from wal-mart.  =)  Comfy!
Blank
201314_tn?1211341791
Hi there... well we all have our differences as far as powder goes, I to was raised on powder. However I do not use baby powder i I use caldascene.. its a bit pricy for a small bottle but I love it. I put a little in and around his diaper and under his chin as well since my little has quite the double  chin too. I put my hand in front of him when sprinkling it on him and only open it a tad so no smkoe comes up where he can breathe it.

So just wanted to add my opinion.. good luck.
Blank
172023_tn?1334675884
Most of us were probably raised on regular, talc baby powder.  They are now finding a correlation between infant talc use on the diaper area, and ovarian cancer in women.  

You should only use the talc free powders on your babies.  

Infants do not really need any powder on the diaper area at all.  Keep them clean, change often.  
Blank
151668_tn?1239924705
I use the cornstarch baby powder, and I'm on my second container. I use it in ds's diaper (particularly in the creases of his legs) because it keeps him from getting all red and irritated. I never heard about them breathing it in or that it was a danger. My ped never said anything either.

Blank
172023_tn?1334675884
Cornstarch baby powder does not have talc.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Maternal & Child Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Children's Health Answerers
13167_tn?1327197724
Blank
RockRose
Austin, TX
134578_tn?1404951303
Blank
AnnieBrooke
OR
4268628_tn?1375044776
Blank
Flickan
Monroe, WA
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Bsmom09
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
arlandonbloom
CO
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
gyspy09
PA