Prevent Childhood Injuries Due To Cosmetics With These Tips

A new study is calling on parents to add cosmetics to the list of household products that should be kept from small children. Researchers found that there has been a growing number of children being taken to hospitals due to cosmetics-related injuries. 

The study, published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, found that children younger than 5 years can be attracted to cosmetics because of its colorful and “visually appealing” appearance. The products also smell like food and are easy to open and use that both increase the risk of accidental exposure. 

Researchers said the parents’ frequent use of cosmetics also encourage children to use the products to imitate older people. Poisonings and chemical burns are the most common injuries linked to the products in children. 

For the study, researchers gathered data on children aged 5 years or younger through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. The team focused on kids brought to emergency departments for cosmetics-related injuries across the U.S. between 2002 and 2016.

The findings show nearly 65,000 children sustained injuries because of cosmetics. From 2002 to 2016, more than 4,000 kids were brought to emergency departments every year.

The researchers noted the majority of patients suffered minor injuries. One in every 15 kids were required to stay in hospitals for treatments but no fatalities were reported. 

Among all patients involved in the study, children younger than 2 had higher risk of accidental exposure to cosmetics and being hospitalized, according to Harvard Medical School. The most common products linked to the injuries are those used for nails, hair, skin, such as sunscreen, and fragrances.

Nearly 99 percent of the injuries occurred at home. Nail polish remover caused most of the poisoning cases, while some children sustained eye injuries because of fragrances.

Hair relaxer and permanent wave solutions covered majority of injuries that required hospitalization. 

Below are the top recommendations to help children avoid cosmetic-related injuries. 

Place Cosmetics Somewhere High Or Hidden

Hide such products like medications or cleaning fluids. Look for a place that kids are unable to see and reach them. 

Plan Your Purchases

Be mindful. Buy and keep what you really need. In addition, get products that may not appear interesting for younger children by considering the product’s color and smell. 

Dispose Properly

When done using a cosmetic product, throw it properly. The area where you commonly use cosmetics should remain clean and neat so you can easily find when a product is missing. 

What To Do After Exposure

When your child accidentally placed any chemical in his or her eyes, clean it with cold water and call for help.

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