Can Kids Use Bath Bombs?
Bath bombs are for all ages. Whether this statement is true or not, is up for debate. The fact that they effervesce and fizz in the water makes them very attractive for children. They make bath time fun and less of a battle for some parents.
How they were shaped and molded add up to their appeal. These make them an apple of the eye for kids. With some that are shaped like ‘edible’ muffins to some that are shaped like Pokemon balls.
The colorful appearance makes it even more marketable. Moreso, children are also enticed over the reaction when a bath bomb is added to water. It makes their bath time fun, playful and colorful.
Although little ones will never know and understand the skin benefits they can get when using bath bombs, nevertheless, bath bombs do contain wonderful essentials and salts that keep the skin moisturized and nourished.
If kids can use bath bombs, what should raise concerns among parents?
Things to Consider Before Letting Your Kids Use Bathbombs
1. Fragrances - Not all bath bombs are created equal. That’s a fact. While most bath bombs are made from natural ingredients, some have additives like artificial fragrances that enhance the bathing experience. For instance, some bath bombs are specifically made for aromatherapy. There’s a wide range of scents and fragrances to choose from, from fruity to floral.
Unfortunately, these so called fragrances can cause irritation and allergies. Choose fragrance-free bath bombs because they are most likely safe for children.
2. Colorants - Yes, those rainbow of colors that effervesce when the bath bomb is dropped into the water can actually be harmful for kids. Although these colourants are what make bath bombs attractive to consumers, they could potentially enter the skin via pores which could lead to the disruption of the skin's balance and structure. If your child happens to have an open wound, it could cause further irritation which could lead to a more serious skin problem.
The same colorants also stains bath tubs and walls. Some colorants are oil-based which can cause residue build up. A build up can be slippery for your child and may cause accidents. You can however use an anti-slip mat and thoroughly clean the tub after each use.
3. Glitters - Although not all bath bombs contain glitter, but those that do may not be recommended for kids because glitter is a microplastic. In the environment, microplastics are non-biodegradable wastes that cause pollution and pose a serious threat against marine life.
Glitter cling to the skin and cause abrasion. It is recommended to wash after soaking in bath bombs with glitters in order to remove them thoroughly. Or just avoid bath bombs with glitter entirely.
4. Talc - Bath bombs often contain talc. Talc has been associated with serious health conditions such as ovarian cancer. If these particles reach the ovaries, little girls are highly susceptible to develop ovarian cancer.
5. Other Ingredients - Most bath bombs contain pure essential oils, while on the surface these are considered natural ingredients, they may cause more harm than good, especially for little kids. For example, witch hazel can cause dryness of the skin while shea butter, although acts as a skin emollient, can wreak havoc by increasing the population of yeast on our skin.
6. Shelf Life - Expiration dates are often overlooked so always check them before indulging your child with bath bombs. Knowing the shelf-life of your bath bomb can actually be good for your child.
Generally, bath bombs should be used between 6 months for up to 2 years. The fresher the bath bombs is used, the more effective and fizzier it becomes.
In conclusion, yes, kids can use bath bombs provided that the product that you are going to use is safe and free from potential allergens. It is also ideal to use bath bombs under adult supervision as kids tend to get curious and experiment.
Furthermore, instead of buying commercially made ones, you and your kid can have bonding moment and create your own version of DIY bath bombs. Well, at least you know what safe ingredients and products to use that are best for your little one.
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