To the Editor.—

In a recent letter to the editor, Cotton and Davidson1 have brought the hazards of baby powder aspiration to the attention of the medical community.

We have been monitoring episodes of possible powder inhalation and ingestion in our community (population 3 million) since 1980, when two infants were hospitalized

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for powder aspiration and one required ventilator therapy for two days. Our recent data (Table) shows a progressive decrease in the number of possible inhalations and ingestion episodes since 1981 when our article2 was published in Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics publicized the hazard of baby powder.

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