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Post by iowahenna on Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:51 am

What is the youngest age that you can face paint on? Or is it all about how they stay still? I have a friend who wants me to paint up her new baby girl (hopefully for some baby photos)... but I told her that I will ask the experts before I do paint on her. I have seen babies being painted on as young as six months but I want to make sure what is the safe age... I would really hate for her baby to break out or something cause of it...

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Post by Erica's Funny Faces on Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:52 am

I would maybe try to keep it simple with some pretty flowers or something. I painted my niece when she was very little (about 6mths) but I used snazaroo since it is the easiest (as far as I know) to remove. Definitely warn the Mom that it may stain or cause irritation but if she is 100% set on it then that is my advice...my niece got a bit of irritation from the glitter the 2nd time I painted her. I only used the Snaz the first time and she was fine. Paradise might be ok to but the coconut in it might be an issue...


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Post by iowahenna on Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:58 am

yeah she wants flowers like a fairy in a garden... to top it off with wings that a friend of mine makes... it sounds like an amazing photo shoot she wants to do but it is the paints that have me a little worried...

I have wolfe brand and tag split cakes. as well paradise color palatte since the wolfe brand one was out of stock.

no glitter though, she is too worried about the baby rubbing her face or something and getting glitter into her eyes... which is totally fine with me. I did tell her we could try a dot or something and if she handles it fine then we could add more...
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Post by Erica's Funny Faces on Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:28 am

That sounds like a good idea, I did a test patch on a little girl with extremely sensitive skin. Her Mom wants to hire me for her birthday but wanted to check her reaction to my paints first...do a spot test on her a week before. Smile
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Post by JennyNixe on Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:28 pm

This is a newborn? I don't want to rain on your parade, but I would be very wary about putting face paint on a very young baby. When my children were that tiny, the doctor didn't even want me to use baby wipes on them, just soft washcloths and warm water. Maybe your friend should check with her pediatrician before going forward with this idea.

I'm not trying to be unkind, but recently photos of a painted newborn were posted of Facebook and the pretty unanimous concensus was there was no safe way to do it.
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Post by TheGildedCat on Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:06 pm

I'm not on either side of this argument, but what is the primary medical argument against not painting young children?
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Post by leapinglizards on Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:02 pm

Disclaimer:  Not a DR.

Primary medical reason is that immune systems are not fully developped at that age.

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Post by JennyNixe on Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:07 pm

Sensitization, I thought. Not just immediate irritation, but long-term sensitivity to the chemicals in face paint.
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Post by PrairiePainter on Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:55 pm

And on a practical note, our paints generally require at least a little scrubbing... Who wants to wash paint off that delicate skin?  It just doesn't seem worth the risks, imagined or otherwise.  Why not just the sweet little wings?
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Post by anniel on Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:14 am

Thanks for the information!
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