Chrissy Teigen ‘mom-shamed’ for painting 3-year-old daughter’s nails

Chrissy Teigen is at the centre of a heated debate after posting a video of her three-year-old daughter, Luna, with freshly painted toenails.“Doing her nails is my knitting. Kid toes kill me!” wrote the mom of two on Twitter.Story continues belowDozens of parents responded excitedly with similar photos of their children’s tiny, painted toes. However, a few critics expressed concern about putting nail polish on a young child.READ MORE: Mom lets 2-year-old dye her hair for self-expression — but is this the best way?In a now-deleted tweet, one user wrote: “Applying poisonous chemicals directly onto a child’s body cannot be good. Whatever poisons are in polish are absorbed through the nail and directly into their body.”Teigen responded: “Well I actually had her drink it, so joke’s on you.”Doing her nails is my knitting. Kid toes kill me!— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 22, 2019Is it true that “poisons” in nail polish can be absorbed through the nail and into the body? Not quite, says Dr. Dina Kulik.According to Kulik, founder and director of Kidcrew Pediatrics in Toronto, there are three toxic chemicals commonly used in traditional nail polish: toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate.The amount of these chemicals that is absorbed through the nails is “very, very low,” she said.READ MORE: ‘Snowplow parenting’ is preventing young adults from learning ‘basic life skills’However, doctors don’t know the long-term impact of using these chemicals on the nails on a regular basis — and that risk extends to both children and adults.“Many women do this [regularly] but does that potentially increase the risk of certain types of cancers, for example?” said Kulik.“It’s hard to say… That’s a potential with a chemical [like] formaldehyde.”WATCH: How parenting has changed in the past 50 years

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