Children's perfume contains allergy substances

Children's perfume contains allergy substances and can lead to dangerous health problems.

Children's perfume can trigger an allergy in children. Some of the children's perfumes on offer contain high doses of allergenic substances, as announced by the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES).

Numerous perfume products are on sale not only for adults, but also for children. Parents mostly assume that the substances contained in such perfumes do not harm children's health. Skin, which is still thin, is very sensitive and therefore susceptible to pollutants. However, in half of the 16 children's perfumes examined, consumer advocates found fragrances that trigger allergies. Between 3 and 17 such harmful substances were found.

Such high concentrations are neither necessary nor child-friendly, as consumer advocates criticize. Legally, however, one cannot approach it, since the use is not prohibited, as it was said. A complaint could only be made regarding a perfume, since it was advertised as "well tolerated", but contained numerous allergenic substances. In EU regulations, 26 fragrances are classified as allergy-causing. The substances may be contained in the cosmetic products, but must be labeled as an ingredient from a certain amount on the label. It is all the more fatal if a product has been specially labeled as being less sensitive and particularly well tolerated. However, exactly this perfume for children contained allergenic substances.

Fragrances in children's perfumes are not suitable for children and are also not necessary
In such high concentrations, allergenic fragrances in children's perfumes, as found in the course of the studies, are neither necessary nor suitable for children. In particular, allergenic fragrances with high sensitization rates are not appropriate in products for children. For this reason, when buying children's perfumes, parents should make sure that the ingredients listed contain as few allergenic fragrances as possible. However, it is better either to use natural cosmetics or to keep such products for children.

What health consequences can arise for children? An allergy is basically an overreaction of the human immune system. If there is an allergy to perfume, there is usually a so-called contact allergy. This means that the allergy occurs where it came into contact with the triggering substance. Patients then complain of reddening of the skin, itching, difficulty breathing and a constantly runny nose. In rare cases, olfactory asthma can also occur. This can lead to acute shortness of breath.

Contained fragrances that have been found
Eight of the children's perfumes examined in the laboratory contained well over one percent allergy fragrances. In particular, allergenic fragrances with high sensitization rates are not appropriate in products for children. Hydroxycitronellal (in six samples), hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehydes (in four samples) and isoeugenol or cinnamal (in one sample each) were detected in the children's perfumes examined. (sb, 10/02/2010)

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