- Holi festivities
are observed across the country. It is a day of fun and caper.
- Take some
precautions for babies and children on this day.
- Follow some tips
and keep your kid safe on Holi.
frolicking around. And Holi, the Indian carnival of colors, is the perfect
excuse for young kids to skip around in joy.
But are the
festivities of Holi safe for your child?
Young babies and
children tend to have very delicate skin. Colors that might not affect the adult
skin, could easily break out in reaction when coming in contact with the
sensitive complexion of the little ones.
‘Make the Holi festivities safe for your child. Take some precautions, keep an eye on your kid, and all will be well.’
In fact, letting your
baby have contact with Holi colors if he or she is less than six months old, is
not recommended by pediatricians. For slightly older kids, remember that
synthetic colors have a harsh chemical base, and it is best to avoid them
altogether, rather than regret later.
Tips to make Holi safe
for your child:
- Try to use
homemade herbal colors. The colors used in Holi, be it paste or powder, are
made of toxic industrial dyes and chemicals, and oxidized metals, most of
which can have harmful effects on your child.
- Young children
have a tendency of putting things in their mouths. Be very careful that
in a moment of inattention, your kid does not thrust his hand into a
bowlful of colors and stick it into his mouth!
- Ensure that the
color does not enter your child's eyes,
as that can cause temporary blindness, eye irritation and allergies. If
your child has long hair, take care to tie it well so that the color does
not drip into the eyes from the hair.
- Holi is a day of
fun and caper. Be alert that your kid does not fall down and hurt
himself while prancing around.
moisturizer, oil or petroleum jelly on your child's exposed body parts,
and oil to the child's hair. This waythe colors should come off easily
during the post-Holi wash.
- Keep bhang and
any other alcoholic drinks out of reach of your child. You do NOT want your kid to consume intoxicants, let
alone your baby.
- Do not feed your
toddler or baby Holi sweets that can
cause indigestion and stomach ache.
- For babies, take
extra care to ensure colors are not swallowed.
If you are still breastfeeding, remember to wash yourself well after Holi,
so that your baby does not ingest color during feeding.
- Older children
can have unbridled energy. Ensure that your small child or baby is not
hurt, or doused in water by older kids.
- Give your child a
thorough wash post the festivities. Try
to wash the colors off before they become dry, and harder to peel off.
Below is a list of
colors that are especially harmful:
Beware of 'organic' or
- Red can cause skin cancer, impair vision.
- Blue can cause skin irritation, allergies, dermatitis.
- Black can cause renal failure.
- Green can cause eye allergies, temporary blindness.
- Purple can cause bronchial asthma.
- Silver can cause cancer.
While such colors claim to be made naturally
from vegetable dyes, their powder base may still be composed of chemicals. Make
your colors at home using flowers, henna
, turmeric, and make Holi safer
for your kid. If you are using synthetic colors, it is best to stick to pink
which is less harmful.
Consult your physician
if your child shows any of the following symptoms:
- Develops skin
rashes and irritation
- Has stomach ache,
- Complaints of eye irritation
- Has a swollen
- Has irregular
While the hues of colors
can be fascinating, keep an eye on your kid. Try not to discipline your child too much, since kids can be defiant, and might end up doing exactly
what you do not wish them to. Try instead to be gentle
and alert, and do not let the little one run amok.
Be responsible towards
your child, and all will be well. Have a happy and vibrant Holi!
- Holi Safety Tips - (http://www.holifestival.org/holi-safety-tips.html)