The signature smell is very hard to forget. Johnson and Johnson’s baby talc powder, a popular product that was once considered simple, safe, and found everywhere among new mothers is now the subject of intense legal allegations.
Sources claims that Johnson and Johnson hid for years that some tests found their signature product contained traces of asbestos.
Over the past several years, the company has been struggling with claims that its powder, the main ingredient in which is talc, caused ovarian cancer in a number of women who had used the product for years.
In July, Johnson and Johnson paid a group of plaintiffs $4.69 billion for the damage.
Most recently, this past week, Reuters reported that Johnson and Johnson had known since the 1970s that its baby powder might have contained or been contaminated with small amounts of asbestos, a known carcinogen.
Talc can cause pneumonia, inflammation (or swelling) of the airways of babies, and even death.
One of the main claims made against Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder was from women who used the talc powder routinely for feminine hygiene and claimed that routine exposure to the asbestos-laden product caused ovarian cancer.
For all it’s hype, baby powder is likely not worth the risk, talc aside. According to the Times, because of the risk of an infant choking on the powder, the American Academy of Pediatric recommends against using talc powders, and instead using an oil-based ointment, if necessary.
For adults, a cornstarch-based powder is a good alternative for skin irritation or chafing.
As it stands, the jury is still out on whether the claims about the baby talc are true. However, until new evidence reveals that it’s 100% safe, It is best and safer to avoid the use of Johnson & Johnson powder on yourself and your baby.