We’ve all seen pictures of what happens when a child gets into your make up bag with the idea of looking like a movie star or walking around in your shoes pretending to be an adult. It’s cute, we all think it is, but something we could be missing is the potential harm that can be caused by simple beauty products.
While we use things like nail varnish and foundation to enhance our best assets, in the wrong hands, these beauty products could cause serious injuries to young children.
It’s understandable that children under the age of four are the highest casualties of accidents at home. This is most likely because they are still at an age where they can’t care for themselves But, did you know that over 28,000 children in the UK receive treatment for poisoning or suspected poisoning accident each year? These are caused by numerous household products, but some of those include the chemicals that are in your make up bag.
With 75.7 per cent of cases stemming from a child swallowing chemicals, it’s the most common cause of serious injury via beauty products. Which of course makes a lot of sense. It’s no secret that children of a young age will put just about anything in their mouths and even the smallest amount of your perfume can prove fatal.
These products can also cause irritation to the skin or eyes. Whether it’s their curious hands reaching out and grabbing anything in sight or even simply that your child has accidentally tipped the chemical over and it has made contact their skin or eyes. It can sometimes only take the smallest drop to make a impact.
What could be done to avoid
So, while it’s important that beauty products should come in child proof packaging for this very reason, aside from this, there are things you can do to help keep your child or loved one safe from causing themselves harm.
Firstly, there is the option of buying beauty products that use little to no harmful chemicals within them, as the increasingly popular vegan lifestyle has pushed brands to provide alternatives to their standard products. Of course, this would exactly wipe out at potential of harm, even these products can cause skin irritation and aren’t always suitable for consumption.
Although, the best way to protect them against even having an opportunity to come into contact with these beauty products is to keep them out of reach and sorted away in a secure cupboard. This way, even when your back is turned, little hands can’t go wondering and come into contact with anything dangerous Just like you’d child lock the cupboards where you store all of the obviously harmful cleaning chemicals, cosmetics should be treated the same way.
In case of an incident
If your child or loved one has come into contact with one of these harmful chemicals, you need to follow three simple emergency steps;
Check the damage
Try to identify where the beauty product has harmed your child. Check for any signs they have swallowed the product or where else it has come into contact with their skin. Being aware of this and communicating this with the medical professionals will help them to treat your child quicker.
Find the product which caused the reaction
If it’s not immediately obvious which product they have been injured by, try to find out what was used. This is also information you can pass on to medical professionals as they can see what types of chemicals can be causing the reactions.
Seek medical help
While everything seems an emergency when it comes to a child’s injury, it’s important to seek the correct help. Do they need an urgent ambulance, or can a rash be treated by anti-biotics from the GP? Depending on which you feel is more applicable to your situation, calling 111 will put you in touch with the NSH hotline. They will be able to provide you with medical advice directly over the phone. If the injury is growing serious or is life threatening, call the emergency services on 999.
If you or your child have been seriously injured on by a chemical product and require representation or advice, we could help you. Get in touch with our expert team at Lysander Law today.