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A 20-year-old female asked:

my 3yr old nephew took the baby powder and dumped nearly the whole thing. i was just wondering if inhaling it is dangerous? how would i know if hedid?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Possibly: There have been reports of lung irritation/inflammation after inhaling the talc in many baby powders. This would show up as a cough/ sudden or gradual increase in the effort of breathing. Xrays may show a non specific pattern of infiltrate but the event could develop into a pneumonia.

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