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A Guide to the New Rules of Parenting: Why Babies Can't Sleep on Their Stomach and More

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diapers and ointment

Baby Powder


What's Out: Applying baby powder on a baby's bottom

What's In: Applying ointment or cream on a baby's bottom

Why? The AAP says that talc or cornstarch in baby powder can injure a baby's lungs when inhaled, so parents who choose to use powder should pour it out very carefully and keep it away from baby's face. Many parents are skipping powder altogether these days and opting for ointments and creams to ward off diaper rash. The AAP recommends applying a small amount of petroleum jelly and changing soiled diapers promptly to help prevent diaper rash.

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