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Lots of kids love imitating their parents, especially when it comes to doing the chores, interacting with one another and undertaking your basic bathroom routines. So it should come as no surprise that some tots love “playing makeup” with their parents, and will steal their brushes and palettes to play with themselves whenever they get a chance.

It should also come as no surprise that there are lots of makeup products designed for younger children out there in the marketplace, makeup that you’d think would be perfectly safe for sensitive, young skin.

But that certainly wasn’t the experience the Cravens family had when they purchased a makeup set for their three-year-old daughter at a Family Dollar store, the second-largest variety store chain in the States. The Illinois family took to Facebook to share a rather harrowing story after their daughter, Lydia, developed a severe allergic reaction to the kit and had to be hospitalized.

In the pictures from the post, the poor little girl’s face is positively covered with blisters on her lips, eyes, cheeks and ears. In order to give Lydia some relief, they had to apply cold packs to her body every thirty minutes or so, and she wasn’t able to eat because of the pain on her face. Scary, isn’t it? And it’s something that could happen to any of us.

You see, according to the family, this wasn’t the first time their daughter had played with such a kit, but it was the first time they had purchased this particular brand (which they decided not to name). They didn’t say whether the traditional makeup disclaimer of applying a small amount to an area of the skin first was present on the packaging, but let’s be honest: how many of us actually pay attention to those disclaimers anyhow? When you have a new product you want to use it, you want to use it now.

The Cravens will certainly be paying attention to such disclaimers – and ingredient lists – in the near future though. Following their daughter’s reaction they checked out the ingredients and according to them there were six different chemicals in the kit that are commonly known to cause an allergic reaction. Their daughter just happened to be one of those people who were affected.

Luckily, Lydia is better now thanks to the care she received. But her parents want to warn other parents to pay attention to what they let their kids have and what they play with, especially when it comes to makeup and other things you put on your skin.

“Lydia has been through so much these past few days. Good news is we are home from the hospital today and she is doing better,” the family wrote. “PLEASE be aware of what you are letting your babies have, ESPECIALLY kids cosmetics so this doesn’t happen to your child.”

It’s a lesson that applies to all of us. When’s the last time you looked at the ingredients of the product you were putting all over your face? In the meantime, let’s also hope the store and makeup brand find a bigger, better disclaimer to share with parents who just want to help their kids indulge in a favourite activity.