Talcum Powder and Respiratory Issues
Talcum powder is made from finely crushed talc, the softest known mineral, and the tiny talc particles can be easily inhaled. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that talc can be harmful and toxic when breathed in or swallowed, and inhaling talc dust can cause talcum powder poisoning, particularly in infants.
With babies at risk for respiratory disease, even small amounts of talcum powder can irritate the lungs. Babies with the highest risk for talcum powder respiratory issues are those who are premature, have congenital heart disease, have had RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), or frequent respiratory illnesses.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), published studies indicate that baby powder containing talc can harm a child’s lungs (as can baby powder containing cornstarch). AAP recommends that parents and caregivers who use baby powder should keep it away from the child’s face and pour it out very carefully. Many pediatricians recommend against using talcum powder for babies altogether. When inhaled, talc particles can dry the mucous membranes, cause respiratory problems, and damage the baby’s lungs.
If you or your child has suffered injury from talcum powder, the best thing to do is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible to find out if you can file a legal action against the manufacturer. Our talcum powder respiratory issue attorneys at Farah & Farah are currently investigating cases of talcum powder injury across the nation. We have focused our practice on helping injured people seek justice and compensation, and we are prepared to evaluate your claim free of charge.
Talcum Powder Poisoning and Respiratory Issues
According to NIH, most cases of talcum powder poisoning are caused by inhaling talc dust, as when baby powder containing talc has been used on infants. Poisoning can occur over an extended period of time. Respiratory problems are the most common symptoms of talcum powder poisoning.
Talc poisoning can cause wide range of symptoms affecting: the bladder and kidneys; stomach and intestines; eyes, ears, nose, and throat; skin; heart and blood; nervous system; and the lungs. Respiratory symptoms of talcum powder poisoning include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Shallow, rapid breathing
- Chest pain
- Lung failure
If talcum powder poisoning occurs, emergency medical attention is necessary. NIH advises that you do not induce vomiting unless a poison control or medical professional instructs you to do so. If the poisoning was caused by the inhalation of talcum powder, move the injured person out of the area and into fresh air immediately.
Breathing talcum powder is linked to severe damage to the lungs, or even death. NIH reports that workers who have inhaled talcum powder regularly on a long-term basis have suffered serious lung damage, and developed cancer.
Talcum Powder Respiratory Issue Lawyers at Farah & Farah Can Help
At Farah & Farah, we represent victims and their families nationwide. Our product liability lawyers are dedicated advocates, determined to seek justice for our clients and hold negligent parties accountable. Contact us for a free consultation to find out if you have a talcum powder injury claim. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.