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Baby Powder

Low Risk

Also known as:

Anti Monkey Butt® arrowroot Baby Magic® Burt’s Bees Baby™ Caldesene® Baby cornstarch dusting powder Johnson's® Baby medicated powder talc

Possible Symptoms
  • stomach upset
  • diarrhea
  • risk of aspiration (getting it into the lungs or "going down the wrong pipe")
  • coughing
  • eye irritation
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.
If Exposed to Eyes
  1. Start rinsing eye(s) with lukewarm water.
  2. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further recommendations.


Baby powders containing talc can be toxic if breathed in or swallowed. Call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 if exposure to baby powder happens for additional treatment advice.

Additional Information

Baby lotions, oils, and powders are a staple in the nursery. Children are often found smearing them all over themselves and everything else nearby!

Baby Powder – Can be made from cornstarch, arrowroot, or talc. Baby powders are often used to prevent diaper rash. A baby or toddler may tip the powder into their mouth while they are laying on their back during a diaper change. It usually causes them to cough from breathing in the powder into their lungs. IMPORTANT: Powders containing talc can be toxic if breathed in or swallowed, so call the poison center right away!

If you notice that your child has ingested some of these products, it is important not to panic. Take the product away from the child and wipe their mouth out with a soft wet cloth. You may give them some water to drink to get the taste out of their mouth. Do not try to induce vomiting. If it is on the skin, wash the exposed skin with soap and water to clean them up.

After you have removed your child from the situation, immediately call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. Treatment recommendations are often determined by the amount ingested. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions and our team of medical professionals will help to walk you through the next steps.

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