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    Baby/talcum powder

    Just wondering if baby/talcum powder is still widely used by most and is it actually ok or too drying. I'm using the good old Johnson & Johnson, the most original one, mostly after my LO's bath on areas such as his neck, armpits, and between folds here n there since bubby is a little on the chubby side. I have two powder containers w/puffs, one to apply after every nappy change to keep the area nice and dry, and one for other areas. Just thought it's more hygenic to keep one exclusively for the bum.

    Actually, I've noticed that my LO has recently developed some rough bumpy patches around the elbows, sides of thighs and calves. Also, his tummy is very rough to the touch as well, almost like sandpaper but it's not red and doesn't seem itchy...I don't think so anyway. Could the baby powder be too drying? I use Mustela's Hydrating Body Moisturiser & Softening Spray on him after his bath but still doesn't help much. I don't want to jump to conclusions and consider it as eczema, but it does seem like an allergy or reaction to something. Any thoughts? Ta!

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    We use a corn starch, it is supposed to be better than talcum but I forget why. I do know we looked at both and had a reason for our choice, though. I know, big help, but maybe someone else will know the reason. I'll probably remember right after I log off....

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    Most baby baby powders are made 100% of talc. Talc granuals are very fine and can get into the baby's lungs. Recently talc has heen fond to be a possible carcinogenic.

    Corn starch is a common alternitive to talc. Note that it can however, promote the growth of yeast. You'll probably know if this is a problem for your baby.

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    OH NO! I better stop using it pronto! Thanks for the info!

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    I bought a tube of Avent liquid talc. I find it very good, it absorb dampness and create no dust so won't get into the lung.
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    Wow, I didn't know that liquid talc existed...must give it a try, thanks!

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    have you just tried using nothing??? I used mustela products on my baby and they didnt agree with him. The only thing I use is Vasaline, on his bum and if he has any dry patches ever. Maybe just use the talc under the neck and see how you go.

    p.s he has never had nappy rash, thanks to the vasaline

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    What I'm concerned about mainly is how to absorb dampness in the nappy area and also keep his sweating under control so as to avoid heat rash. The only thing that came to mind was talc powder. Might definitely try vaseline for irriated areas. Ta!

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