I was shocked when I heard it too. Last summer, a jury in California ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who says she developed terminal ovarian cancer as a result of using the company’s baby powder. While the superior court overturned the verdict and ordered a new trial, there was other lawsuits and prosecutors say Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk since the early 1980s and did not protect its customers. In fact, the first study conducted on talc powder use on female private area found a 92 percent increased risk for ovarian cancer with women who reported it’s use. The thing is, we use this as moms on our babies cute bums. And who knows what the damage is on them? While a lot of this data is not 100%, who wants to take the risk?
I’ve always opted for organic and natural over commercial products but I still have a little bottle of Johnson & Johnson baby powder in the house. Doesn’t every mom? It’s not only for bums, but it gets used for stinky soccer shoes, sandy hands after the beach, even for beauty to soak up any lotion or moisture when I wax or thread…I mean it’s just always been in my cabinet.
I never really put powder on my kids during diaper changes but on the occasion I did, I have a natural choice I love, (I use California Baby). But there are a few talc free brands out there that moms can replace their J&J with to feel safer and work just as great.
What are you using for a talc free powder? Would love to hear!