I know that this may sound like a dream come true. But we (my husband and I) have NEVER had to deal with diaper rash.
And our son is 2 years old.
How can that be, you ask?
Well, let me give you a little hint my great grandmother gave me when she found out that we were having a baby.
Sounds crazy, I know.
I was perplexed at first, too!
But, hear me out.
The oil creates a natural barrier on the skin, and prevents moisture from seeping though and irritating your tiny baby’s bottom.
When your little one is done bathing (or after a much needed diaper change), slather some EVOO all over their bum and “front”. Costco’s brand happens to be my personal favorite – cheap and great quality.
Sure, they’re going to smell like a salad.
No one wants their poor little guy or girl to suffer through a diaper rash.
And other things that claim to prevent, or help, diaper rash are filled with chemicals and other yucky things that we don’t want on us; nonetheless our children!
Baby powder is one of those things that people have been using forever.
However, in recent research, it was found that it was possibly linked to cancer!
According the the American Cancer Society (2018), talcum powder – a main ingredient found in baby powder – is used to absorb moisture and help with causing less friction.
Talcum powder is made of talc; a mineral made from magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. These may sound like innocent elements, but together they create asbestos; this asbestos can form in talc naturally.
Asbestos has been linked to cancers such as lung cancer (when inhaled frequently/for long periods of time), or ovarian cancer (for females who have used it on their genitals).
In lab studies, it was found that asbestos-free talc had mixed results in lab animals – mixed results meaning that some animals developed tumors, and some did not.
There has also been human studies as well, where they have researched cancer rates among those who have used baby powder, how often, where, etc.
In terms of ovarian cancer, many studies found both an increased risk if talcum powder was used, and no increased risk at all. Research for the link between talc and ovarian cancer is still being done.
The same goes for lung cancer. Some studies have reported an increased risk, others have not.
With all this being said, there is not for sure way to make sure that the talcum powder we are using on ourselves, or our children, is safe. The verdict is still out on this one.
But really, do we want to risk this for our little ones?
Do you have any tips for preventing diaper rash? Let me know in the comments, or send a DM on Instagram!
(2018, December 4). Talcum Powder and Cancer. Retrieved December 12, 2018, from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/talcum-powder-and-cancer.html#written_by