Lydia’s mother Kylie had bought the kit from a discount store and given it to her daughter to play with. The little girl had such a severe allergic reaction that she had to be admitted to hospital.
“In 24 hours our little girl went from 100 per cent healthy to her eyes swollen and blistered shut, with a rash all over her body that we would have to apply cold packs to every 30 minutes or so because her skin was burning,” Kylie Cravens wrote in a Facebook post that was shared almost 200,000 times last year.
“She was unable to eat much for days because of the blistering and cracking of her lips.”
Lydia’s father, Tony, posted from the hospital that he was “weeping uncontrollably” as he watched his baby girl.
“All the tears that I have watched my baby girl cry, all the screams in pain and all the times she would say, ‘I hate being sick, Daddy,’” he wrote.
“I'm not man enough for this. I don't wanna hear no more screams or wring out no more cold rags to lay across my baby’s face or across her back. I just want this to be over.”
Kylie Cravens said she had assumed it was a “harmless, non-toxic” kids’ makeup set, but found it contained “six different chemicals... that are commonly known to cause an allergic reaction”.
“PLEASE be aware of what you are letting your babies have, especially kids’ cosmetics, so this doesn't happen to your child,” she added.
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The Cravens also posted a photo showing the ingredients’ label from the makeup kit.
People posted shocked replies.
“I'm so freaked out – we bought play kits a couple of years ago for Olivia for Christmas,” wrote one. “Never again,”
“They shouldn't be able to sell things that can make children sick or have allergic reactions!” added another.
So should parents be wary of buying kids’ makeup? Mamamia checked with Sydney dermatologist Dr Adrian Lim.
“Overall, the allergy to cosmetics is uncommon, so there’s no need to panic,” Dr Lim says. “There are certain kids that are at higher risk – for example, if they have eczema, skin sensitivity, if they’ve got lots of allergies – so you’d be a bit careful as to what you’d put on their skin. So it’s just a commonsense thing.”