Perfumes and scents are pivotal to be worn on any occasion. There are different kinds of perfumes available at offline and online stores.
Perfumes, just like food products are governed under the Food Drug and Administration department. There was a study that was conducted in 1991 by the Environmental Protection Agency that said 95% of the perfume chemical essence is derived from petroleum. The research findings can be read HERE.
TRACES OF PERFUMES
Perfumes are found in many other regular products like toothpaste, shaving gels, shampoos. The perfumed essence is found through various substances. Substances like Ethanol, camphor, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Methylene Chloride, and acetone. These products we do encounter in various forms. If these chemicals touch our children; it is a cause of grey concern. The petrochemicals shared above get toxic only if their usage guidelines are sidelined. The heart needs effective pumping and that is the reason for checking on the safety symbol is paramount. The responsibility rest in the measure of effective parental observation, control and preparations followed. Be assured, our children need to be made aware of potential possibilities.
ACCESS OF PERFUMES
The perfume bottles are usually attractive and cute. They attract the little inquisitive eyes of infants, toddlers and growing up children. Perfumes are easy to open and spray and hence perfumes are most prone to get a cause of worry if they are not stored correctly. Perfume bottles must strictly be kept out of reach from children. Preferably perfumes must find a place at a higher shelf of a cupboard. Perfumes not necessarily should be compartmentalized in a bucket of scents. Perfumed essence is used in almost every household item.
FEW HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS
In the 21st century, we are baked under the use and application of synthetic products that can affect the human body. Few of the petrochemicals that affect our system if overused or handled incorrectly can cause fluctuation in our endocrine system. The
ACETONE – A bottle of acetone is usually found in the households’ medical kit. Acetone is also found in scents and perfumes. Acetone is used to remove nail enamel or remove tough stains. If the children younger than 2 years of age have it in their hands, the adverse effects of acetone are inevitable. Acetone if accidentally inhaled or drank or touched the eyes of an infant can cause mouth & throat, redness of the eyes and respiratory issues.
ETHANOL– Ethanol causes the same effects as shared in the above point. The products that have ethanol are detergents, fabric softener, nail paints, acrylic paints, dishwashing agents, liquid soap, etc. Aren’t all these products very basic in our household? Do these products have a nice smell to it? They all have perfumed agents in them. All these daily usage items at all times must be far away from the toddler and children.
CAMPHOR– Camphor is heaven for the soul but deadly for children. Camphor is found in high quantities’ in shaving gels and cologne. Cologne can cause choking, nausea, and diarrhoea in children if they inhale it or consume it in any capacity.
Did you know, toddlers and children can face consequences like asthma, migraine, skin rashes, allergies, and even autism?
LIMONENE– Limonene is usually found in aftershave and hand sanitizers. The sanitizer on our hand leaves a sensation and so does the aftershave. If the same thing gets into the body of a child, they may pass out. We must be careful that products like aftershave must be kept in a fetcher reached shelve. Also, hand sanitizer must not be given to children. Teaching them how to wash hands is a better option.
BENZYL ALCOHOL– Benzyl Alcohol if orally entered the system of the toddlers or children it causes immediate blood pressure, mood swings, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness. In extreme cases, this chemical can cause death as well. Benzyl Alcohol is found, in bleach, phenyl, Dettol, Vaselinetype products. Reiterating, these products are at the best of their game. But they are to serve the purpose and not be used orally at any given cost. Not even by adults.
METHYLENE CHLORIDE– Methylene Chloride is also a widely used petrochemical in all the products be used. From shampoos, soaps, stain remover, face cleanser, etc. The adverse effects of methylene chloride are stupor, tingling in the limbs, irritability giddiness, fatigue, and head throbbing.
If your child or any child tells you that they are feeling any of the above, do ask them what they were doing some time ago. Try to dig out if they have played with something. Immediately rush to the nearest medical practitioner. There are three main ways by which the children can get transmitted the effects of petrochemicals, perfumes and other potential substances. BE AWARE! BE CAUTIOUS!
Inhalation- respiratory track
Absorption- through skin eyes and touch
Ingestion – eating, chewing, swallowing
Children are overexposed to the varieties of products. They see loads of bottles and containers at the dressing table and washroom. It’s the parents’ responsibility to train the children well and explain the do’s and don’ts regarding products. Perfumed products must be accessed by children only when an adult is present for appropriate handholding.
FEW OF PRODUCTS THAT HAS PERCENTILES OF PERFUME
- Fabric Softener
- Air fresheners
- Nail Paints
Summing up, we all are responsible citizens and much more aware parents, teachers, elders, and extended family members. We must be conscious, vigilant at all times when our young minds are at play or up to some mischief. All the products shared above are of excellence. But they come with a caution- ‘KEEP THE PRODUCT OUT OF REACH FOR CHILDREN’.
By Zahra Shakir. Zahra Shakir is a full-time freelance content writer, and is currently interning with Mistpoffer®