Baby powder

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Talcum powder

Baby powder is an astringent powder used for preventing diaper rash, as a deodorant, and for other cosmetic uses. It may be composed of talc (in which case it is also called talcum powder) or corn starch. Talcum powder is dangerous if inhaled since it may cause aspiration pneumonia or granuloma.[1] Drugs such as cocaine are sometimes cut with talcum powder.[2] It is also an ingredient in counterfeit pharmaceuticals and food products as a bulking agent in order to give the appearance of a larger quantity than actually present.[3] Pediatricians generally prefer cornstarch to talc because it is unlikely to be easily inhaled.[citation needed] Baby powder can also be used as a shampoo, cleaning agent, and freshener.[4]


  1. ^ Harper, John; Arnold Oranje; Neil Prose (2000). Textbook of Pediatric Dermatology. Blackwell Science. p. 156. ISBN 0-86542-939-1. 
  2. ^ Boland, Philip (2008). "British drugs policy: Problematizing the distinction between legal and illegal drugs and the definition of the 'drugs problem'". Probation Journal 55 (2): 171–187. doi:10.1177/0264550508089120. 
  3. ^ Yankus, Wyatt (2008). "Counterfeit drugs: coming to a pharmacy near you". Journal of Pharmaceutical Finance, Economics & Policy 16 (3): 3–42. 
  4. ^ "20 Brilliant Uses for Baby Powder You’ve Never Considered". DIY & Crafts. Retrieved 15 August 2014.