how to protect your children eyes from holi colors

How to protect your children eyes from holi colors

Ensure that your eyes remain protected at all times. Use sunglasses to protect your eyes from coloured water. Use a hat or cap to protect your hair from being coloured with strong chemical dyes.
Apply a thick layer of coconut oil on your body and hair so that the colour doesn't stick and it can be washed off easily later. While washing off the colour, use lukewarm water and keep your eyes tightly closed.If you are travelling, roll up the car windows. Better still; avoid travelling as much as you can.
For children use non toxic colours.If these colours enter the eye while playing, they cause mild redness and irritation, which usually subsides after washing copiously with water. However, if there is intense pain and burning, one must get an opinion from an ophthalmologist. Also if the clarity of vision is affected, an eye doctor must be consulted.

The granular particles, which make the colours shine brightly are actually quite toxic and can cause damage to the cornea in the form of a corneal abrasion. A person who gets a corneal abrasion will have severe pain and watering and if not treated by an en expert may develop an ulcer or infection. Water balloons can be the most dangerous and cause blunt trauma to the eye, which may lead to bleeding in the eye, lens subluxation or dislocation, macular edema or retinal detachment. This may lead to loss of vision or even loss of eye.

Natural colours made from home-based products are a much better and healthier option. These can be easily made and offer a safer option as compared to the synthetic colours. Haldi mixed with besan or flour can give a yellow colour and work as a face-mask at the same time.White petals can be used to obtain a saffron colour. Beetroot soaked in water provides a bright magenta colour. Henna powder, gulmohar and hibiscus flowers etc can also be used to make different colours.
Ban water balloons: They may be fun to play with, but when thrown at a person, their impact can cause injuries to the skin, eyes and ears.
Pichkaari etiquette: Teach your child to use his/ her pichkaari away from other people’s faces, especially their eyes and ear.
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. Make your child wear full-sleeved  clothes and long pants to protect his/her sensitive skin.
Keep a list of emergency contacts ready, including those of your pediatrician, closest hospital and ambulance service.
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