Hyderabad: The use of talcum powder for small children, skin irritation and dryness is very common. But there are alternatives like natural oils which will keep the skin moist.
The American Academy of Paediatrics has clearly stated that talcum powders must not be used for children and an oil-based ointment should be used instead. For adults, a cornstarch based powder is a good alternative for skin irritation.
A mix of castor and coconut oil also deals effectively with dry and peeling skin.
Dependency on talcum powder has done away with traditional remedies which were earlier followed and for that reason the use of these products has seen a major increase...