Child proofing is a commonly performed process for parents with babies and young children. They lock the kitchen cabinets and hide cleaning products, but there are other poisonous and dangerous toxins that are often forgotten.

Here are seven items you should keep in a safe place or avoid altogether:

1. Food Extracts

Although they are safe to use in cooking, food extracts contain alcohol that should not be consumed as a drink because of their alcohol content. Pure vanilla extract, for example, is 35 percent alcohol at minimum, and should be kept out of children’s reach.

2. Perfume

A few dabs of our perfume may generally be safe, but ingesting these toxic products is dangerous. Perfumes and colognes contain 50% to 99% ethyl alcohol and may cause severe breathing problems and seizures.

3. Sunscreen

Many sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a chemical often used in cosmetics that can cause hormonal disruption. It’s only okay to use on children older than 6 months, and pregnant women may also want to switch to an oxybenzone-free option since it’s also linked to low birthweight babies.

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