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Scented Candles

10/12/2010

Question:

are scented candles bad for babies room?

Answer:

I don’t believe that there are any studies about scented candles in baby’s rooms. However, we do know that babies exposed to things that irritate their air tubes (like cigarette smoke or viruses) are much more likely to develop asthma. I would be very suspicious that scented candles might cause the same type of problems, especially if burned in an area where the baby spends a lot of time. I would recommend against it.

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Response by:

Elizabeth D Allen, MD Elizabeth D Allen, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University