Anyone ever have a problem with crayons?

Posted on: Sat, 02/02/2002 - 11:58am
kcmom's picture
Joined: 12/18/2001 - 09:00

I know I am probably being paranoid but my 15 month old daughter just bit the tip off of a crayon and swallowed it before I could get it out of her mouth. Has anyone ever had a reaction from a crayon? I know they are non-toxic but are the safe for the PA? I just won't be able to sleep until I know she is okay and crayons are safe. I did look and see a few threads that suggested they are safe but I just had to ask outright. Thanks for any info!!

Posted on: Sat, 02/02/2002 - 2:06pm
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

I certainly know about not sleeping and worrying. My guess is that they are safe. The reason I say this is if crayons had any peanut protein in them, our allergists would be warning us to keep our kids away from them and kids who are contact sensitive would be having reactions from coloring. Also, I read "The Peanut Allergy Answer Book" by Michael Young, M.D. and he didn`t mention anything about crayons. That book is really comprehensive, even mentions that bean bag chairs can be stuffed with peanut shells, but didn`t say anything about crayons. I think that if there were any problem with crayons as far as PA, it would be in that book. So, I hope you can get a good night`s sleep.

Posted on: Sat, 02/02/2002 - 2:31pm
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Joined: 12/18/2001 - 09:00

You are probably right! I kept thinking that also, that if they were some big hazzard we would be warned all over the place about them. I also read the Peanut Allergy Answer Book and love it. I actually am making my whole family read it so they have a better understanding of it all. Also, the crayon has now "passed". That was pretty quick, she ate it around 7pm and it is already out of her system. I had also checked crayola's web site and they say that along with being tested to make sure they are non toxic they also test to make sure of any possible allergens, but it did not specifically say peanut/nut. I am still fairly new to this and feel that I have to worry about every single thing she touches. New foods are only introduced at breakfast or lunch so that I can watch her all day. And when we go out to eat I make sure of what they fry in first, even though I bring all her food along and would never feed her anything from the restaurant I like to make sure there is not peanut oil smeared everywhere, and she also gets her own placemat I bring from home to cover her area of the table so that she doesn't get residue on anything she touches. I know this probably sounds crazy and that I am going overboard but I just haven't found my comfort zone yet and feel the need to protect her from anything that can possibly even remotely be harmful to her! Hopefully as she gets older we can adjust together and it will just become the way things are and not so crazy and scary. Thanks for your quick response carefulmom, I will sleep better tonight! Thanks again!!

Posted on: Sat, 02/02/2002 - 9:27pm
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Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

The only thing i know is that when my little guy ate a crayon it ws returned to me at the other end. I remember my daughter crying because it was hers and when it came back in his diaper she decided it wasn't worth wanting.
our puppy ate them and the same thing happened. I have heard of many children eating them with no problem. You should be o.k. If there was a hazard it would be right on the box. I really don't think there should be a PA problem if they were just plain crayons and not the flavored ones. Good luck Claire

Posted on: Sun, 02/03/2002 - 1:56am
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JFYI, I actually called the company that makes Crayola crayons a couple of months ago. I have a 22 month old daughter and was also worried. They were very helpful and asked me to list her allergies and the customer rep. went over the products. She said they are safe for PA/TNA. The only thing that would not be safe for my daughter was the Crayola dough because it contains wheat. We don't need that in our house anyway! HTH.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 6:09am
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Joined: 02/08/2002 - 09:00

You are not paranoid, just cautious. I was glad to see you post and all the replies because my daughter just ate a crayon yesterday as well. I assumed that they would not have peanut oil in them but could not get rid of that little bit of concern. It was nice to get an answer so quick without having to ask the question!

Posted on: Thu, 02/14/2002 - 4:02am
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Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

Has anyone had any problems with finger paints?
I'm editing here...
I bought my son Sargent finger paints for Valentine's Day. I just spoke with the chemist at the company and he told me that there isn't any peanut/tree nut oil or products in the paints at all. Phew!
Now what about the Inkadinkadoo washable ink pads? Anyone ever use those? I called the company (turns out they're up the street from me) and they're researching it for me. Why can't these craft manufacturers just make things easier on us and print a list of the product ingredients?!
[This message has been edited by Heather2 (edited February 14, 2002).]

Posted on: Mon, 02/25/2002 - 8:22am
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I have in the past contacted both Crayola and Rose Art to ask about anything in either product line which might present a problem to my dd....
They BOTH were very helpful once they understood the issue (took a couple of days checking it out and had someone in formulations contact me personally.) I was told that in the Rose Art line, I should avoid their "fun dough" since it is wheat based... and play make-up since some of those products have Red 40 in them. Crayola said the same thing, pretty much. Avoid wheat based play dough if you are wheat allergic, but nothing else is a problem.
Discount Educational Products (? I think that's them) also told me several months ago that their "water colors" are safe for my dd.
We've used all manner of paints, markers, and crayons with no trouble.

Posted on: Tue, 03/05/2002 - 5:34pm
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Joined: 03/06/2002 - 09:00

i guess this can go in the crayon section, don't know where else to put it. i am pa and trust me, somebody with pa does NOT want to get a tattoo with red or red related inks!
the good side to this is that when i come into contact with peanuts, the red swells, so i have a barometer on my reaction before i quit breathing. i did not develop my allergy until i was about 42, the tattoos (very tasteful and subtle ones) started swelling. the no breathing happened later. now, when i get into something bad, the tattoos start itching and swelling, and i know that i have to do something. i had a small line of red tattoo-ed on me, just to see what would happen, almost an epi-pen moment. tell your kids!

Posted on: Wed, 03/06/2002 - 9:12am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I find that SO interesting since so many of the PA kids also seem to have allergies to a red food dye. Do you know exactly what the tattoo dye is, chemically speaking? If I had a CAS registry number I would be happy to find out if there is some logical connection between the two (there doesn't seem to be for the red food dye, BTW).

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