Ink Poisoning

Merry - posted on 04/27/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Anyone know if my 2 year old can get any form of ink poisoning from coloring on his feet and hands with a pen? He loves doing it and I don't mind at all but I want to be sure he couldn't hurt himself by doing this. I usually wipe it all off right away with a baby wipe anyways, but sometimes it stays on him for a day or so if I'm lazy.
Should I be worried about anything? Or is it harmless body art?

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Medic - posted on 04/27/2011

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Opps!! My son colored his baby sister when she was like 8 months old. Eh I let him do it and he is 4.5 years and has done it for the past few years. I don't think it will hurt because I drew all over myself all the way through school for entertainment and to irritate my teachers.

Shannon - posted on 04/27/2011

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Hell if so all of my kids are in for it lol My oldest (almost 16) writes on my younger kids and my nephews all the time and they in turn draw all over themselves i believe i have pictures of my son being 2 and coloring his entire body orange with a marker before passing out on the couch for an impromptu nap :-P

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Merry - posted on 04/28/2011

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Thanks everyone! It's really cool to see I'm not the only one letting him color his body! I cant wait til he starts actually coloring pictures, now it's just scribbles, yet still adorable :)

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Ink Poisoning affects mostly people who work with ink for years...like people who work at a printing press. Your kid playing with an ink pen is NOT dangerous.

I even make SURE there are plenty of washable markers around the house just FOR writing on skin. It's great fun, I think it encourages imagination.

Years ago, working in a tattoo shop, we used to 'try out' tattoo designs and placement by sitting around doodling on each other with sharpie markers. (and we were all reasonably close to "adult") Some pretty cool ideas have been generated with a sharpie marker.

PS...Washable Markers....the red one is a LIE. I haven't been able to get red washable marker out of NUTTIN. Toss the red one quick!

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Just check that the pens, pencils etc are non-toxic.
Most of them are, but I think there's an official standard.

Firebird - posted on 04/27/2011

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I used to draw on my arms and hands all the time in high school. (Social Studies 10 teacher was SO boring LOL) I never had a problem.

Charlie - posted on 04/27/2011

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The other night both my son and I were covered in ink , he was giving us both tattoos !

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All 3 of my kids mark up themselves... and each other. We usually get it all washed off the same day, but not always.

Jodi - posted on 04/27/2011

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Laura, don't worry too much about the strange looks - I don't wash the marks off my daughter when I take her out. If she wants to go shopping with love hearts on her cheeks and puppy dogs on her arms, I don't care. I never cared when she was still at the scribble stage either. Not their kid, not their problem ;P

Kate CP - posted on 04/27/2011

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Nah, pretty harmless. Use rubbing alcohol to get it off. Try baby wipes first, though.

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2011

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My son colored all over himself last night, too. ;) I got most of it off in the tub right afterwards, but not all of it. I don't see any harm in it either. :)

Merry - posted on 04/27/2011

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Yay! He totally colored all over my legs tonight, it felt so good, and also he colored both his feet :)
People always look at me like I'm weird for not caring, but I don't see the harm! They think I should be all strict and telling him no but it's just art lol. I wouldn't let him color on the baby when she is born, too little IMO but he's a big boy and as long as it's safe, I see no harm!

Lacye - posted on 04/27/2011

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LOL too cute! No, he won't get any form of ink poisoning unless he is just turning the marker upside down and drinking the ink. It's just cute harmless body art.

Jodi - posted on 04/27/2011

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If it does poison, my daughter is so screwed......seriously, she has a real affinity with drawing on herself and has been doing it for years, ever since she could pick up a pen.....



Her latest is to create *tattoos* on her arm.

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