Will the smell of paint harm my children?
Answered by: Linda Jonides, R.N., C.P.N.P.
The paint smell is not really dangerous for brief exposures. There would be a concern if the babies were exposed daily for a long period. However, the odor of fresh paint can be irritating and unpleasant. I generally advise parents to open windows if possible when rooms are being painted, or even to stay at a grandparent or friend's house for a few days, especially if the house or most rooms are being painted. If you're just painting one room at a time, try to keep the babies out of that room for a few days, and open windows when possible.
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