It happens almost all the time, and especially with small, curious children who are eager to put just about anything in their mouths: children eating Play-Doh. And now health experts are warning that while eating play dough might not necessarily be life threatening, it should be avoided at all times.
According to a new report by Very Well Family, even though Play-Doh goes contain wheat, it is not a food item and is not intended to be eaten. Play-Doh compound is non-toxic, non-irritating & non-allergenic except as noted: Children who are allergic to wheat gluten may have an allergic reaction to this product.
If you needed another reason to keep Play-Doh out of your child’s mouth, consider all of the toxic ingredients that are used to make the compound. A 2004 patent also reveals that it contains all of the following: a retro gradation inhibitor, mineral oil, a surfactant, preservatives, a hardener, a humectant, fragrance, coloring, a petroleum additive for a smooth feel, and borax.
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Keep in mind though that generally eating any kind of dough is not a good habit and can cause problems. However, you do not need to panic if your child has eaten just a little bit of it. Health professionals say that most likely your child will develop nothing more than a stomachache. But if you see any other signs or symptoms such as lethargy, difficulty swallowing, or vomiting, seek medical attention immediately.
Despite the warnings, experts do agree that playing with Play-Doh does help a child’s fine motor skill development. It’s a great activity for strengthening muscle tone in little hands. As a matter of fact, squishing, squashing, rolling, flattening play dough all develop children's muscles and encourage prewriting and other skills such as cutting with a scissors, using a tweezers, holding a pencil and so on. Playing with Play-Doh can also help develop critical areas of physical development for writing, drawing, and other purposes.
The non-toxic, non-staining, reusable modeling compound that came to be known as Play-Doh back in the 1950s by Kroger Grocery. Play-Doh was demonstrated at an educational convention in 1956 and prominent department stores opened retail accounts.
In 2003, the Toy Industry Association named Play-Doh in its "Century of Toys List."
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