The Dangers Of Talc: Is Baby Powder Secretly Harming Your Child?


Ah, the smell of baby powder. With its distinct fragrance and nostalgic scent, it can make diaper duty that much more enjoyable. Plus, it helps keep your baby’s bottom rash free. What’s not to love? Turns out, maybe everything.

Talc (also known as talcum) is a naturally occurring mineral in the earth and the softest in the world. When crushed and milled to a fine powder it becomes what is called talcum powder, a heavily refined substance that is used in a wide range of household and cosmetic products – including baby powder.

While many sources claim that it is completely safe, for example, Johnson & Johnson whose baby powder is one of their brand’s oldest and most well-known products, other sources have raised concerns regarding the potential dangers of talc. In particular, the American Pediatric Association (APA) who recommends NOT using baby powder at all on your little one.

Because of the refinement process of talc and the resulting fine powder it creates, they warn about the possible inhalation risk and the potential harm it can cause your baby. Every time you use baby powder, particles are inevitably released into the air and these particles once inhaled, pose the risk of causing respiratory problems, including breathing trouble and serious lung damage. Even small amounts can irritate a baby’s tiny lungs.

With such high risk so closely associated with baby powder, many parents are now opting not to use it at all. Thankfully there are much safer alternatives available that you can use instead. The APA recommends using a petroleum jelly based product such as Vaseline or A+D Ointment. There is also cornstarch based baby powders available, which, because of their larger particles, are not as easily inhaled as the talc-based ones. Still, proper application is the most critical factor in preventing any potential risk.

Here are some tips to help you apply it safely:

·      Use sparingly.
·      Apply to your hands away from the baby and then transfer to diaper area.
·      Keep away from any area where it can be inhaled.
·      Store the bottle out of reach of children.

At the end of the day, avoiding baby powder all together is probably your safest option. And if you’re really worried about diaper rashes, you can always ditch the diaper for a while to allow everything to air out naturally.

Two Truths And A Lie About Yoga For Runners

Let’s face it: running can be hard on your body. Because of this many runners are now turning to the practice of yoga. Offering both physical and mental benefits, it’s easy to understand why implementing yoga techniques into your fitness regime holds such an appeal. From a reduced risk of injury to greater strength, it is a great way for runners to maintain a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Unfortunately, not all of the benefits that come from practising yoga are actually good for runners. One, in particular, could end up causing you more harm than good if you’re not aware of how it can affect your performance.

Below are three of the most commonly cited benefits of yoga for runners. At first glance, all three seem like great results but for you as a runner, one of them is actually false.

• Improved Breathing – True

Efficient breathing while running is crucial. Learning to control your breathing while on the mat will positively impact your run, helping you to conserve energy and reduce tension. energy and reduce tension.

Since yoga also involves focusing on taking deep, slow breaths, over time your lung capacity increases lung capacity increases, and with greater lung capacity also comes increased endurance and improved overall performance.

• Reduced Stress – True

Running puts a lot of stress on the body but it can also be mentally demanding. Practicing yoga on a regular basis reduces stress and helps you focus your thoughts stress and helps you focus your thoughts. By learning to focus your thoughts as you run, you achieve greater awareness of your surroundings and a deep sense of inner peace.

• Increased Flexibility – False

While yoga does increase flexibility, for you as a runner that is not necessarily a good thing. When it comes to running, flexibility is overrated. Research actually shows that if you are too flexible, you become a less efficient runner.

Just like an elastic band that gets stretched too much and over time loses its stretchiness, the same applies to your muscles and tendons. The tighter and more taut they are, the quicker they snap back and the less energy you use. This means you will be able to run faster and longer.

So next time you roll out the mat, don’t focus on yoga poses meant to increase flexibility. Instead, work on improving strength and yogic breathing. You will definitely benefit in the long run.

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