Holi safety tips for kids


by Vaishali Sudan Sharma updated on March 5, 2015

We are just a day away from Holi, the festival of color is celebrated in India and a few other parts of the world. With all the fun and excitement, don’t forget to take a few precautions for your kids. That’s why TCT brings to you top 5 safety tips for your child.

Holi is synonymous with fun, excitement and a whole lot of playful activities, especially for children. They are at their chirpiest best and eagerly wait to use their pichkaris and splash water and colors on everyone. At this time, it is important to take some necessary precautions to keep them safe and others around them. If your kid is in pre-school or is below four years of age then it is advisable to keep him away from the celebrations. For kids above five years of age the following are some of the key safety measures that you should take note of:

1. Use Safe Colors and Ban Water Balloons: This tops the list for obvious reasons. There is no dearth of chemical based toxic colors in the market and it is not wise to trust the kids with these. Instead, use certified organic brands available in the market that is skin safe. An even better idea would be to make your own colors at home and give those to your kids. For DIY Holi colors mix flour with turmeric or dried henna leaves to get yellow or green color. You can also mix beetroot juice with flour and dry it in the sun a day before Holi for a bright pink color. Teach your kid to close his eyes when someone applies color on his face. Also, injuries caused by water balloons are also very common during Holi so discourage your kids from using them.

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2. Supervise the Kids Playing Area: Ensure that the kids playing area is nearby and keep a close watch on them. Close proximity will keep them in check and you can discourage them timely if they resort to playing any unruly Holi games by using dirty water or hard colors.

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3. Pick Clothes That Cover More Skin: The more your skin is covered the better it is during Holi. Pick old cotton clothes that you can easily discard after the festival and which cover the arms and legs fully.

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4. Protect Body by Applying Oil and Sunscreen: Before your kid heads out to play Holi, apply sunscreen followed by oil (coconut or mustard) on his exposed skin areas and hair. Oil will form a protective layer and will not let the color leave any stains on the skin. After the Holi: To make sure that the color comes off easily, gently massage your child’s skin with ubtan (besan+curd). Soap has a drying effect on the skin and can cause rashes.

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5. After the Holi: To make sure that the color comes off easily, gently massage your child’s skin with ubtan (besan+curd). Soap has a drying effect on the skin and can cause rashes.

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So folks! Play safe Holi and here is wishing you in advance 😉

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