We all know that toddlers has this bad habit of putting anything inside their own mouth that they can grab with their curious little hands. Worst, they will most likely end up swallowing it which is dangerous. Crayons are just one among these objects which are also one of the best toys that you can give to a toddler.
Anyway, it is a good thing that there are crayons made out of beeswax. This natural wax by the bees are actually safe even when eaten by a toddler. It will simply pass into the child’s intestines like any other food. However, knowing that it is safe, it does not mean that you will just allow your toddler to eat large amount of crayon diet. This pose a serious threat leading to intestinal obstruction.
Safety Tips you need to Know about Beeswax Crayons
School supplies which include crayons has a lot of competing brands making it quite hard for customers to choose what’s best for their needs. So let’s cover some of the important tips that you need to know particularly in choosing the right type of crayons for your toddler to play.
Check the ingredients
The first thing that you need to check when buying a crayon is not actually the brand but the ingredients that are used. Make sure that the crayons are made from beeswax. Most have mixture of liquid soap which is still safe when consumed but only with little amount. Consuming large amount of soap can lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea which aren’t really good for your kids.
Regular crayons have this unsafe ingredient called, “petroleum base or paraffin wax”. You should watch out for this kind ingredient since many manufacturers especially those who produce fake products use them.
At some point, there are devious manufacturers who really do not clearly declare or even do not add the dangerous chemicals that they mixed on their crayon products. This is what worries most parents today. The only solution to this is that, you can actually make them for yourself which is very easy. At least, this option will give you an ease of mind when your child nibbles them when you are not looking.
Conforms to ASTM D-4236
Aside from the ingredients, it is also important that you should look for the term, “Conforms to ASTM D-4236”. This means that the beeswax crayon has undergone strict inspection where it is able to pass the law of health hazard products. Thus, if you cannot find this term on the product’s label then you should skip it and look for another.
100 percent beeswax
There are crayons that are made from 100 percent beeswax material. Some call it “honeystick crayons” because they emit a very sweet honey scent that makes your child love to sniff or even tempted to chew. Although, they can be sticky and easy to break apart. Thus, most manufacturers now today tends to design them with short and chubby sizes.
A beeswax crayon cannot still be considered completely safe even if it is made out of 100 percent beeswax material. This is due to the reason that pigments must be added into the wax which is responsible for the delivering the colors. So make sure that the pigments used are non-toxic and safe for small children to use. Most commonly used pigments are food coloring.
Moreover, being aware that you have given your toddler a safe crayons to play with, it doesn’t mean that you would just allow your child to give it a taste. Beeswax crayons aren’t intended for consumption where you still have the responsibility to prevent your kid from ingesting even just a small piece of it.