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

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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.

Well, That Was Profound

Sometimes, profoundness comes from the most unexpected people at the most unexpected times.

Driving down the highway the other day with my wonderful hubby, we were talking- okay, I was talking, and I was sharing how I wanted to get more views on my blog and social media.

“What do you think I can do to increase views? Like, what do you think people want to see? What will make my blog unique?” I asked.

His answer totally surprised me.

“You. If you look out there in the world, there’s millions of people but not one of them is doing YOU. That’s what will make your blog unique.”

What do you say to that?

Nothing really.

I just gaped at him a little before making some piddling comment about how profound he was.

Gosh, I love that man.

But he was right. Thinking about it now, and going over all the schemes I was thinking up to try and increase readership, I realized that most of them would involve me trying to be someone who I was not… and all in the name of hopefully garnering more views.

But that’s not what blogging is about, not for me anyway.

To me, it’s about being authentic. Being who I am and being proud of it. Sharing a part of myself through my writing and hopefully being able to inspire or touch another soul through it.

Years ago, I wrote a short poem to help myself stay true to who I am and now, I find myself once more drawing from some of my own childhood wisdom. Imagine that.

 

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If someone is not willing to change for you, then why should you change for them?

It’s not worth the effort.

And trust me, the internet will never, ever, change for you.

So be YOU.

And I’ll be me.

Sweet Simplicity

Sometimes I find myself wondering why life is so complicated. But then I stop myself and wonder instead why we make it so complicated. Life, in itself, is not complicated at all. It’s the things we fill it with, the things we spend our time doing or investing in and trying to get and achieve, that ultimately make it so complicated.

I want my life to be simple. Simple is not always easier to achieve but simple is sweeter in the long run. Life is more fulfilling when it’s not cluttered with agendas and junk, selfishness and pursuit of worldly gain. Because at the end of the day, when it’s all stripped away, what will you have? Who will you be?

Today, right now, I’m going to make it my goal to make my life simpler and better. One day at a time. Every day I’ll stop myself and ask, what can I do right now to make my life simpler, less cluttered and more fulfilling? Maybe it’s getting rid of something I no longer use or giving it away as a gift. Maybe it’s dealing with a toxic thought or finding the motivation to begin or finish a task that needs doing. Or maybe it’s choosing to meet someone else’s needs over my own. Choosing to forgive, to pray, to Love. There really are countless way’s to make your life sweeter and simpler!

Life is too short to be spent wondering why it’s so complicated… especially when there’s so many things we can do to keep is simple. I don’t think the Creator of this world ever intended it to be as complicated as we make it out to be. So lets keep it simple. Starting now. Today.