As you dance and merry on the tunes of “rang barse..(रंग बरसे)” your little one is also excitedly hopping and running around with his pichkari (पिचकारी) gun somewhere around. Young kids often resort to notorious ways of making Holi (होली) fun; by throwing eggs and balloon filled with colored water. However, the festival of colors has taken a turn towards festival of chemicals. People prefer colors with stronger dyes which leave hard to remove stains. Unfortunately, these colors are laden with heavy metals and chemicals which pose serious hazards to the kids.
Holi Safety Do’s And Dont’s For Babies
Special caution must be particularly exercised with babies; read below:
Don’ts For Playing Holi When You Have A Baby
- Do not apply or let others apply colors directly on your baby’s delicate skin
- Do not allow your baby to touch colors.
- Babies have the habit of putting everything in the mouth so beware and do not let your baby touch or ingest anything
- Applying colors is considered auspicious so if others want to make your baby cute by applying colors insist on applying sandalwood tikka (चन्दन टिक्का)on the baby’s forehead. However, you need to take care that it doesn’t falls in the baby’s eyes
- Never leave your baby unattended
- Babies may drown even in a small tub of water
- They may ingest colors
- Better for general safety of the child
- Do not allow older children to shoot pichkarees on your baby or throw water balloons
Do’s For Playing Holi When You Have A Baby
- It’s best to keep your baby indoors since colors are thrown in the air which can be easily breathed in by the baby
- The toxic chemicals inhaled can be fatal and lead to development of respiratory diseases or allergies
- Loud music and the sound of beating drums paired with bizarre color-smeared faces may excite the baby or make him uncomfortable and fussy
- Apply Vaseline/coconut oil/baby oil/mustard oil liberally on your baby’s skin and hair. This will create a barrier between the skin and external pollutants
- Dress your baby in full sleeves, full bottoms and socks, preferably in cotton fabric
- Refrain from getting your baby wet – he can easily catch cold and feel uncomfortable too
- Cover the head of your baby with a soft fabric scarf or cap. This will protect baby’s head from the sudden splash of cold water
Holi Safety Do’s And Dont’s For Toddlers
In addition to above, below are a few tips to ensure a safe and fun-filled Holi for your little one:
Don’ts For Playing Holi When You Have A Toddler
- Never let your kid out of your sight.
- Best to have your kids supervised by an adult at all times
- Toddlers are always super-charged on such events. They may fall or hurt themselves
- They may accidentally pick bhang(भांग)-laced food too
- Do not repeatedly wash your kid’s skin with water and soap. Instruct him to bathe once after the entire Holi programme is over. Repeated washing and scrubbing may irritate the skin
Do’s For Playing Holi When You Have A Toddler
- Opt for organic or homemade colors. They are safer and do not irritate skin. Read how to go about them here.
- Teach your kid to create less nuisance and learn healthy Holi manners such as
- not shooting pichkarees directly at face, babies and unwilling people
- absolute and firm ‘no’ to water balloons
- restrict hooters – they sound weird and cause and instant increase in heart beat
- Try gel based colors. They are gentler on skin and easier to wash off
- Keep first aid kit handy along with a bucket of clean water
- If you cannot get hold of organic color, choose colors wisely
- Darker colors such as red, black, silver and purple contain more harmful chemicals and are semi-permanent. Opt for lighter colours such as yellow and pink
- Try putting rubber foot mats around the tub of water
Follow these tips and you can be sure that the safety of your child is not being compromised for the sake of fun. Try to restrict time played outdoors in sun and with colors and water. Devise more fun ways to celebrate Holi. You may organize a story telling session about Holi or a children’s movie and supply them with delicious munchies. How about going for a short trip to a safari park or a nearby hill station?
So this Holi, be relaxed, be cautious and splash colors with your child! After all, बुरा न मानो होली है…!