Talk with your doctor or nurse about using baby powder on your baby’s skin. Baby powder makes your baby smell nice. But your baby may not need baby powder to stay dry.
If you use baby powder, be sure to check the date on the container to make sure it is fresh. Throw away old containers of baby powder you have around the house. Be sure the powder you are using on your baby does not contain harmful things (zinc stearate or asbestos) that used to be put in baby powder.
Don’t shake the powder directly on your baby. Shake the powder into your hand and gently pat your baby’s skin. Be sure to shake the powder on your hands away from your baby’s face. You don’t want the baby powder to fill the air around your baby’s head. He could breathe the powder in, and he could choke. Or the powder could get into his eyes.
Keep the powder container away from your baby. Don’t let him play with it while you change his diaper. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
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