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Child receives “severe burns” from a common Halloween activity; now mom is warning others not to do

POSTED: November 9, 2017 2:41 a.m.
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Make sure you know the risks of this common activity.

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Halloween is approaching, which means it’s time to start completing the finishing touches on your kids’ costumes. It’s stressful to think about all of the little details between class parties, trick-or-treating plans and making sure you have all the pieces to the costumes.

Halloween face painting is popular, and it’s fun for your kids to have a different looking face than they normally would, thanks to the help of paint. You’ll probably see skeleton faces, pirate beards, character-themed looks and little blue smurfs running around your neighborhood this Halloween.

It’s all in good fun, but one mom is warning others to be wary of the type of face paint you put on your kids.

She posted on Facebook about a face paint she bought from Woolworths that burned her son’s face. She said she was very careful when putting it on, and she even tested it on his wrist skin before she applied it to his face.

She wrote, “This was only on him for 3 minutes and then had to immediately take him for a shower. It has severely burnt his skin. I’d like to share this to warn other parents.”

Luckily, this was just a “trial run” for the big day, but now the upset mom says she’ll “never be using face paint again.” Although her little boy’s face had been painted before, it had never reacted like this.

When you’re picking out face paint for your child this Halloween, here are a few things you should avoid to keep this from happening to you according to keepyourchildsafe.org:

1. Test the paint

When you open up your paint, don’t put it anywhere near your child’s face until you test it on a small patch of skin first. A good place to do this is the inside of the forearm where the skin is a little more sensitive. If it causes any type of reaction, you might want to get a different paint or ditch it altogether.

2. Make sure to smell it

It doesn’t matter how new the paint is-- you should always smell it before you apply it. If it smells a little funky, there’s a chance of bacteria in the paint and you don’t want that on your child’s face.

3. Look at the ingredient list

When you look over the ingredient list, make sure all the ingredients are FDA approved. There are certain color additives that are toxic, so take a look at this list. If there’s an ingredient not on the list, it’s best to get a different paint.

4. Consider DIY

I know Halloween is a crazy stressful time and the last thing you have time for is DIY'ing your child’s face paint, but it might end up being the best option for them--especially if they have super sensitive skin. Here are a few awesome recipes you can try.

Whatever you decide to do this Halloween, make sure you know exactly what’s going on your child’s face.
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