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Is one permitted to use baby powder-or talcum powder, Gold Bond, etc- on Yom Kippur? (either for themselves or for a child)

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Would it be forbidden since it could be akin to "annointing oneself" (SA, Orach Chaim 614:1) or perhaps "washing for pleasure" (SA, Orach Chaim 613:1)?

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  • There may be other problems that may be related to some type of melacha akin to a Shabbat prohibition. I can't think of it, offhand, and you don't seem to be concerned about that in this Q. As for "anointing", first of all, I think this refers to beautification and cosmetics, mainly, as far as I know. I think powder to soothe a rash or prevent sweat, etc. is not "anointing". Second, the baby, who is not yet obligated in inuy (affliction), I believe, would be exempt from such concerns, assuming there are any.
    – DanF
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 20:37
  • Can whomever VTC because of "psak" explain how you see this, here?
    – DanF
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 20:38

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Rav Moshe Feinstien Zt'l opinion is quoted in רשומי אהרן ח"ב או"ח סי' תרי"ד אות א that it is permitted in a case of need as baby powder is not considered anointing.

As usual consult a Rabbi for a final Halachic ruling.

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I can't find any proper sources, but I found a number of online rulings that it's permitted:

https://helpfulhalacha.blogspot.com/2008/10/laws-of-yom-kippur.html

It’s forbidden to use deodorants on Yom Kippur, but is permitted before Yom Kippur. (Talcum Powder is ok)

https://images.shulcloud.com/191/uploads/-ALL-SR/ECDPLawsofYomimNoraimandSukkos.pdf

using baby powder to remove a bad odor is permitted

https://www.toraland.org.il/18649

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