Marker is a very essential item in our daily life especially
in the school, college and office. While using, it is a common scenario that
your hand will get painted by it either intentionally or unintentionally.
Nowadays people are also making temporary tattoos using sharpie markers.
But the case is different for babies as their skin texture
is totally different from adult persons and it’s too much sensitive. However,
you’ll notice that while playing babies are also drawing on their skin with
markers. They are often intended to put art materials inside their mouth which
is really a matter of concern. Sometimes you won’t be able to recognize your
Anyway, have you ever wondered that how much it can affect
your child’s body or skin? Maybe not. Then keep reading this article.
Marker and Your
Though the brand Sharpie claimed that their markers are
non-toxic, it is not safe for your babies skin at all. The company itself
recommends not using the marker as eyeliner, making temporary tattoos or doing
body art. The main reason is if the marker ink anyhow mixes with your child’s bloodstream
through indigestion or inhalation then skin problem may occur as there are
different types of chemicals inside it. Among all the chemicals xylene is the
dangerous one that can hamper your baby’s nervous system and damage organs.
The main reason of ink poisoning is the solvent, though some
people think it’s because of the pigment. Now you may have understand that how
much harmful the sharpie for your babies skin. So, please keep all your markers
away from your little ones hand and don’t allow them to play with it. It can be
life taking so be careful in this regard.
Removing Marker from
If your baby draws on his skin with marker without your acknowledgement then after seeing him the first thing you have to do is to remove it from his skin immediately. For removing marker from skin there are different ways you can follow. source
1. Grain alcohol
It is known as the most effective of all the methods. Just take a cotton pad and add a little amount of grain alcohol on it. Then rub the affected area for a few minutes and then rinse it. Repeat the method as much as needed.
2. Hand sanitizer
It is another effective and cheap method as hand sanitizer is available in everybody’s home. Just put a generous amount of sanitizer directly on the inked area and then rub with a cotton pad or clean cloth for 2-3 minutes. You’ll notice that the stain has faded than before after one use. Then again use it in the same way to get best result.
3. Nail polish remover
As nail polish remover contains alcohol, it really helps to remove permanent marker stain as well. So, soak a cotton ball inside nail polish remover and then rub the stain properly. Hopefully, with one effort the ink mark will go away.
Using hairspray can be effective in this regard but always avoid acetone-based hairspray to remove ink from skin as it is harmful for your baby’s sensitive skin. You just need to directly spray it on the spot and wait for a few seconds until the area is wet properly. Then rub it with clean cloth or tissue and you’ll see the magic.
Always try to keep markers out of children reach, as by going through this article you’ve known that there are so many side effects using it on skin. And inhaling and ingestion can be more dangerous. So, as a responsible parent, don’t give markers or any other inked pen to your child for playing.