Mom Warns Others After Her Boy Suffers ‘Terrible Reaction’ to a Henna Tattoo

Do your kids love temporary press-on tattoos?

For the most part, the press-on temporary tattoos you can find at the dollar store are safe for kids. If they are sold legitimately in the U.S., their ingredients have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as cosmetics, meaning the agency has found them to be safe for “direct dermal contact.”

Now Henna tattoos, on the other hand, may seem like a harmless alternative to permanent tattoos.

While most parents wouldn’t think twice about letting their kids get a henna tattoo by the beach while on vacation in a foreign destination, it may be harmful.

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Think twice before getting your child a temporary henna tattoo!

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Maria Lianos Carbone

Maria Lianos-Carbone is owner of, a leading lifestyle blog for women. Her first book, "Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year" will be published Spring 2018. Follow Maria on Instagram @amotherworld.

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