It’s that time of the year again, where colours will do
the talking. With Holi just around the corner
the excitement amongst children is palpable. Right from buying the latest type
of pichkari in the market, to planning the
best way to burst those water balloons, children wait with bated breath for
this colourful festival. Apart from all the happiness it brings, Holi is
also known to be one of the most dangerous festivals after Diwali.
Did you know that the rate of accidents goes up dramatically during this time?
Well, worry not; here are a few tips to keep your child safe this Holi::
1. Keep an
eye on your child:
It is crucial that while your child is playing Holi,
there is adult supervision at all times. More so, if there
is a large drum or tub being used to supply water during the festival. Children
being unsteady and head heavy are likely to fall in.
Non-toxic is the way to go:
As far as possible, try to use safe, non-toxic colours.
You could even opt for natural colours. Because of the lack of chemicals, these
colours are easier to wash off and will cause less harm to the child’s skin.
may be fun to play with, but when thrown at a person, their impact can cause
injuries to the skin, eyes and ears.
Teach your child to use his/ her pichkaari away from other
people’s faces, especially their eyes and ears.
Gel-based colours are better:
If you must use synthetic colours, gel-based colours are
better than powder colours. Again they are softer on the skin, easy to wash
off, and cannot be inhaled like powder colours.
6. Keep colours away from the mouth:
It is essential that you
do not let your children put any colours in his/her mouth.
Synthetic colours, powder or gel-based alike, contain a number of harmful
chemicals, when ingested they could cause severe reactions such as vomiting and
could also lead to poisoning.
are particularly vulnerable:
If the colours enter
your child’s eye, wash the eye with plenty of water.
Remember not to rub the eye. If your child experiences any
change in vision, pain or excessive redness of the eyes, immediately take
him/her to your doctor.
Make your child wear full-sleeved
clothes and long pants to protect his/her sensitive
9. Prepare them well:
Apply oil or cream all over the body to prevent the colours from
sticking to the skin. Oil the child’s hair
well before he/she goes to play with colours. This will
help protect the skin and hair from the harmful effects of the colours.
ready for emergencies:
Keep a list of emergency contacts ready, including those
of your paediatrician, closest hospital and ambulance service.
Holi is a time for
celebration. All you need to do is keep these 10 things in mind before you send
your child out to celebrate the festival of colours.