Most pediatricians are aware of the adverse effects of talcum powder aspiration which may result in acute or chronic lung disease. At least three fatalities have been reported following the aspiration of talcum powder by infants. Verbal communication with the New York Poison Control Center reveals that approximately 50 cases of talcum powder aspiration are reported to that center annually.

Despite the potential dangers of talc aspiration, little has been done to publicize these dangers to the general public.

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