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INABSORBABILITY OF BORIC ACID IN INFANT POWDER

INABSORBABILITY OF BORIC ACID IN INFANT POWDER IN RECENT years, considerable attention has been directed to the dangers and hazards incident to the misuse of boric acid.* This, of course, has been very rightly inspired by the regrettable reports of accidental deaths, especially in small infants. It is unfortunate, however, that it has not been made clear either to the public or the profession that all reported cases have been due to the accidental, ignorant, and at times negligent application or ingestion of saturated solutions of boric acid, undiluted boric acid powder, or powders and ointments containing high concentrations of boric acid. No cases of local or systemic toxicity have been reported, for example, from the use of standard baby powders, most of which contain boric acid in concentrations up to 5%. These preparations, carefully tested and manufactured by ethical firms, have been safely used and are continuing to be used on countless thousands of infants without http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American journal of diseases of children American Medical Association

INABSORBABILITY OF BORIC ACID IN INFANT POWDER

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1954 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0096-8994
eISSN
1538-3628
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050100074009
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Abstract

IN RECENT years, considerable attention has been directed to the dangers and hazards incident to the misuse of boric acid.* This, of course, has been very rightly inspired by the regrettable reports of accidental deaths, especially in small infants. It is unfortunate, however, that it has not been made clear either to the public or the profession that all reported cases have been due to the accidental, ignorant, and at times negligent application or ingestion of saturated solutions of boric acid, undiluted boric acid powder, or powders and ointments containing high concentrations of boric acid. No cases of local or systemic toxicity have been reported, for example, from the use of standard baby powders, most of which contain boric acid in concentrations up to 5%. These preparations, carefully tested and manufactured by ethical firms, have been safely used and are continuing to be used on countless thousands of infants without

Journal

American journal of diseases of childrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 1954

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