Holi, the festival of colors is just round the corner and it is one of the most-waited festivals in Nepal. Holi is celebrated in the spring season because it is welcoming spring. Holi is celebrated as a festival of love and happiness, shedding animosity, greed, hatred and adapting to a new life of love and togetherness.
It is a fun and exciting festival specially for kids since they can get wet to their heart’s desire and play with color with their friends. But there are common and justified worries of parents related to this wonderful festival. While children can’t wait to have a splash of colors, parents are certainly dreading what’s coming their way – water balloons, water guns, friendly fights and color powder smears. Follow the tips below to ensure a safe and enjoyable Holi for your kids.
Use Safe colors
Synthetic colors can contain harmful ingredients like lead, mercury and aluminum bromide, which can cause rashes and other health issues.
Holi is a festival of colors, so ensure you buy only certified, organic colors for your kids even if they cost a little more. It will be softer on your child’s skin, and will be easier to wash off.
Ban water balloons
Playing with balloons is fun, but if thrown at a person with force, especially at children, it can cause serious injuries to eyes, ears and skin. Teach your child about the dangers of using balloons, and encourage them to use the simple water gun instead.
Teach children water manners
Teach your child not to take aims with water guns at people’s faces. Also, advise him to respect other’s wishes, and not force an unwilling friend to play.
Keep an eye on kids
Kids should play Holi under cautious adult supervision. This will ensure there are no untoward incidents and immediate action can be taken in case of an injury.
Make your child wear full-sleeved shirts and long pants. The idea is to prevent exposing the skin to colours as much as possible.
Oil child’s body to protect skin
Apply coconut or mustard oil liberally all over your child’s body before playing Holi. Oil forms a protective layer on skin and will not allow color to stick to body.
Get the goggle
Colors can be very harsh on the eye. Get your child to wear funky goggles to steer clear of eye damage or infection.
Teach children about scarcity of water and tell them that we should not waste too much water while playing Holi.
Keep colors away from the mouth
It is essential that you do not let your children put any colors in his/her mouth. Synthetic colors, 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.
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