Posted On 12 Aug 2019
When we think about household products that need to be kept out of the reach of small children, we typically should be considered medications and cleansing products. We don’t usually think about cosmetics. But a study be made available in the periodical Clinical Pediatrics shows that we need to think about cosmetics too.
How many childhood traumata is a result of cosmetics?
Researchers used the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System to look at data about infants younger than 5 who were treated in US emergency departments for cosmetics-related traumata between 2002 and 2016.
They found that in that time period, almost 65,000 infants went to the emergency department because of a cosmetics-related injury. That’s a little more than 4,000 each year. About 60% of children injured were younger than 2, and 40% were ages 2 to 4. The vast majority suffered minor injuries. Merely 6.4%( about 1 in 15) needed to be hospitalized. Not surprisingly, children younger than 2 were most likely to be hospitalized. There were no fatalities.
Which cosmetics are often involved?
When looking at the harms, the researchers noted 😛 TAGEND
28% were from nail care products 27% from mane care products( including things like mane dye, or chemicals used for straightening or permanent waves) 25% from scalp care products( including sunblock) 13% were from fragrances.
Almost all — 99% — of the harms occurred at home.
The hurts were most often poisonings or chemical ignites. Here are the products that were the biggest delinquents 😛 TAGEND
nail smooth remover( contains acetone, which can be poison) fragrance( the most common cause of eye injuries) hair relaxer and permanent wave solutions( the leading cause of hospitalization ).
The authors point out that cosmetics are often “colorful, visually appealing, easy to open and use.” They also often smell good, even like food. Obviously, with curious toddlers and preschoolers, this is a recipe for disaster. Add that to the fact that children realize their parents using them all the time — and love to imitate what their parents do.
How can parents and caregivers prevent harms from cosmetics?
So, what can parents and caregivers do?
Keep cosmetic products out of reach. This is the simplest and most important thing to do. Think of them the same way you’d think of medications or cleaning liquids, and to be maintained either up high-pitched or in a secured receptacle. Induce thoughtful acquires. Only buy the cosmetic products you really need and use — and if possible, scaped buying products that might be particularly appealing and interested in toddlers( or that look like food, as many do ). Throw out any cosmetic products you aren’t utilizing. Keep your furnish as lean as possible. Have the Poison Control Center phone number handy: 800 -2 22 -1 222. They have a database that has information on literally anything your child might get into. Have the product with you when you call. If your child gets anything in his or her eyes, redden the eyes immediately with lots of cold water while you are calling for help.
While you should ever call in an emergency, the Poison Control Center also has a website that can give you information on whether something is poison — and what to do.
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Read more: health.harvard.edu