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Is Acrylic Paint Safe For Kids?

by Leah Carton

The mess your kid makes during a painting session may not be the only worry you have during arts and crafts time. In addition to protecting you, your little one, and your furniture from splatter, you may want to make sure you protect your child from the potential harm from paint. Wondering "is acrylic paint safe for kids," is completely normal, and one you want to consider before letting your little Picasso run wild.

Kids love everything that's bright and fun, so it's no surprise that they flock to the paint bin the second you take it out. And even though painting doesn't come with the direct danger of scissors, you should watch your kids to make sure they don't put paint anywhere they're not supposed to — specifically their mouth. According to Pediatric Safety, acrylic paint poisoning is not likely when a small amount is ingested, but it could be likely when a large amount is involved.

Physical contact with acrylic paint can also cause more than just an upset stomach. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, water-based acrylic paint contains ammonia and formaldehyde, which can cause respiratory irritation. The commission further noted that solvent-based acrylics contain turpentine, xylene, toluene, and methyl ethyl ketone, which could be toxic when inhaled.

Even when paint is out of your kid's mouth and solely on paper, you should still be cautious of acrylic paint landing on your family's skin. Although it's understandable that your kids want to be just as bright and colorful as their paper masterpieces, they should just stick to paper for their paint. According to Poison Control, water-based paint can be "very mild irritants" to the skin. Although your kid may be less than pleased when you put a stop to body painting, their skin will definitely thank you.

Paint shouldn't go anywhere besides a blank canvas. It shouldn't go into your kid's mouth or onto their skin. You'll certainly have a little peace of mind when you're sure that your kids understand what they should and shouldn't do with their acrylic paints. You'll have healthy little Picassos in no time.