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Talc vs Cornstarch baby powder

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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What is the difference between talc baby powder and cornstarch baby powder? I had another mommy freak out at me when I went to Wal-Mart today and she was telling me how I was a horrible mommy for using talc baby powder. I dropped my items in the middle of the isle and walked away. I mean I know that some people can get very opinionated when it comes to force feeding info to pregnant mommies  and such but the way she acted it was just to much for me to handle. So who is using cornstarch baby powder and who is using talc baby powder? And why?

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by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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by Emerald Member on Jan. 25, 2010 at 4:34 PM

i havent really used any baby powder.  i cant believe that women would do something like that too.  some ppl...  if my baby's butt is a little sore, ill put a little cornstarch on it if im out of diaper creme, but that is all i know about those two. 

by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 4:36 PM

I think talc can be harmful to a young baby. I'm not sure though. I think I remember reading that somewhere.

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by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Talc can be very harmful if its inhaled because it is actually a mineral (although a very soft one).  It can cause damage to the lungs from even a small amount.

Most baby powders now are corn starch - its much less harmful and has the same benefits for keeping babies clean and dry.

Neither is completely necessary although my pediatrician does recommend putting corn starch powder on a diaper rash that is too sore and painful to rub in a cream.  It doesn't protect the way the cream does but it helps heal the rash quicker by drying the area.

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by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 8:31 PM

good to know.. I never knew there was a difference

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by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Talc powder is full of chemicals etc... and there have also been studies it can contribute to the cause of cervical/uterine cancers however I dont know how true those are (read various articles about this probably about 8 years ago). .. but from what I have read some of the ingredients are related to asbestos.

Cornstarch powder you buy in baby isles at the mall however can still have chemicals etc added for things such as fragrence... however less chemicals than Talc powder... so over all safer than talc

My daughter was allergic to 99.9% of baby products so someone told me to buy a box of cornstarch powder from the cooking isle... so it is 100% cornstarch with nothing added... and it worked wonders!!!

I am going to be doing the same for this baby. 

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by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Talc is awful. It's directly linked to all sorts of cancers, especially female ones.

Corn starch is safe, but if your baby has a yeast infection (or thrush) it will make it worse.

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by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:04 PM

talc is very dangerous!!!!!!!!!

by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I don't know the difference between the two. I do know my ped. suggests using cornstarch

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by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I've never used baby powder because it can easily get inhaled, both the regular kind and talc kind are bad for the lungs. Cornstarch is definitely a better choice though since talc has been linked to cancers.  I've actually never even had a time where I thought to use baby powder. I didn't realize people still used it at all, other than my grandma after her baths. ;-)

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by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:07 PM

I didn't think they even sold talc anymore.  Not for babies anyways.

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