To any candle lover, lighting a scented candle is a great way in making your room cozy and smelling good. However, this might not be a good idea to put inside your baby’s room.
Many parents are concerned about the effects and other health outcomes of these fragranced products on infants – and rightly so.
The little ones can suffer from a negative impact by the effects of the fragrance oils, which can occasionally trigger asthma symptoms, make the baby sleepy, or cause a rash on the skin.
It is also a well known fact that scented candles are linked to teething and certain illnesses, such as ear infections. You might be thinking, “how is that possible? Why would the burning of a candle cause ear infections?”
The answer is quite simple: the burning of a candle releases a chemical called benzene into the air. Human studies found that the risk of ear infections and cardiovascular disease was almost double for infants whose moms used scented candles.
Also, millions of children around the world are admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties because of a chemical called Para-aminophenol (a type of Aromatic Hydrocarbon) emitted by these scented candles.
A recent study on scented candles was also found that the chemicals in fragrances used is a dangerous irritant to the lungs and causes disorder in children.
Therefore, scented candles can be harmful to a baby’s health, so it’s important to only use them in moderation.
Scented candles, aside from a hazard to human health, can also be a fire hazard if not well attended. So, if you are after your child’s health and wellness, keep candles out of sight, and out of their reach.
To be safe, always remember that a baby’s room should be filled with fragrance free candles and diffusers to keep your baby from possible allergic reactions and further health problems.
The effects in children of paraffin wax candles
Paraffin wax is the most common substance that is used for candle burning as this keeps candles from melting especially in the summer.
However, there are many dangers of using paraffin wax and it can cause serious health risk, especially to babies.
This is known to be extremely dangerous to babies and can cause a number of health issues including burns and put them at a higher risk for SIDS.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a death that happens without any signs of struggle or trauma. SIDS is the leading cause of death in babies under 6 months of age.
Organic compounds of paraffin wax
Compounds that are present on a paraffin wax are also known as petroleum or microcrystalline wax.
Toxic compounds and harmful chemicals
Harmful and toxic chemicals will vary depending on the materials used to make the paraffin wax. In its impure form, it is usually yellowish and has a distinct odor.
Inhalation of the fumes from burning paraffin wax is harmful, and has been linked to respiratory diseases.
Beeswax scented candles as safer alternatives
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by bees from the secretions of honeybees, and can be used to make a wide variety of beautiful candles.
Beeswax candles are high-quality candles made from pure beeswax that has been extracted from the hive via a process called honey extraction and can be good candle alternatives.
This process makes the wax completely pure and 100% natural. Beeswax candles are very popular as they are known to burn cleanly, provide a warm glow, and are perfect for all kinds of rooms.
According to studies, there is no risk of any harmful substances being present in beeswax scented candles. This is because they are used in low heat, and are burned for only a short time.
Generally, beeswax candles can be safely used around and has no health impact in children because the substances in beeswax are brittle and break up into small particles when burned, and aren’t carried by smoke into the lungs.
Scented products and candles that are safe for babies
- Vanilla scented products
Vanilla scented candles are safe to use in babies’ rooms. The chemicals in vanilla are natural and do not contain any harmful ingredients.
- Lavender scented products
Lavender-scented candles are safe for babies, according to a new review of research. Lavender is one of the most popular scents for candles, and for indoor air quality.
- Cedarwood scented products
Cedarwood is a wood that has a warm, pleasant scent. It’s also a wood that is popular with people who make candles as it produces a rich, robust and smooth smoke.
It is also used in aromatherapy. It is non-toxic and non-sensitizing, and most people, including babies, would have no problem in using this type of scent.
- Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley candles are perfectly safe to use around babies and young children. It contains the same scent as essential oils but without any of the risks associated with the oil.
- Rose Hip fragrant products
Rose hip has a calming effect on baby’s mind and body. It has been used for centuries to help relax and calm babies. It is safe for babies to use
- Palm oil candles
Palm oil candles is a very safe and commonly used product.
- Aromatherapy candle
They are extremely helpful for those who are sick, sad, stressed or are simply not in the mood to do anything. They are also great for people who have so many things on their mind. And can make your infant feel relaxed as well.
- Cinnamon candle
There are a lot of health benefits of cinnamon, and one is to help you and your baby sleep better at night. I would say it is one of the best-sellers in our shop, and for good reason.
- Electric candles
Electric candles are a great way to create a fun atmosphere in your home. Electric candles do not produce any smoke or flame, so they are very safe to use around children.
- Commercial candles
Most commercial candles use a relatively low concentration of paraffin wax, which does not pose a significant health risk to babies.
Can scented candles cause allergy?
Candles in general have been known to cause contact allergies with their chemical composition.
Scented candles most especially since the scents are usually synthetic fragrances and artificial scents that can be harmful if inhaled in large amounts.
This may trigger adverse health effects in children such as asthma attacks and dermatitis in children.
About 4% of the population has a reaction to the effects from fragrances used with scented candles. This is called fragrance sensitivity.
This happens when your immune system reacts to certain fragrances and gets confused. This usually occurs to children with very sensitive health condition.
Kirsten Carter is a freelance content writer who specialises in writing about travel, technology and health. When she’s not traveling between her home of Tanzania and England, she writes for her blog Rightminded Travelling and features on a variety of different travel and technology sites.