When your child has a Koki pen

30 April 2014

Buy your children Koki pens – they’ll love them, someone said. Then kids discovered Kokis can write on anything, including their legs, arms stomachs and faces. Here’s how to get rid of stubborn Koki marks.

Buy your children Koki pens – they’ll love them, someone said. Then kids discovered that Kokis can write on anything, including their legs, arms stomachs and faces, not to mention walls, floors and furniture. Here’s how to get rid of stubborn Koki marks.

Gretha’s green “make-up”

What do you do with a child covered in marks who has to go to school? We asked an expert and a few moms for their advice. Keep this article – you might need it.

Nelia Taljaard of Cape Town is mom to five-year-old Gretha. She says she was almost at her wits’ end after Gretha had applied green Koki “make-up”. “Most of the Koki came off with Vitamin E Cleansing Cream from The Body Shop, but for the next two days Gretha went to school with a greenish tinge around her eyes, where she’d vigorously applied the Koki. “On the second night I applied a layer of Vaseline around her eyes and wiped it off with cotton wool,” Nelia says. “That made the green lighter. Eye make-up remover didn’t help.”

Nelia says people recommended olive oil and liquid paraffin, but when it came to cleaning the tablecloth Gretha had also decorated the only thing that worked was Ouma Hanna se Boerseep (“Grandma Hanna’s Boer soap”) – a soap that can be bought online at boerseep.co.za and at various farm stalls.

Be gentle with soft skin

Moms have tried using nail polish remover and even Handy Andy, but Magali Vrede of Cape Town says Dettol gel works for her. Sonika Coetzee of Pretoria believes in hairspray since her two-year-old son, Tristan, got to work on himself and her bathroom. “I sprayed it on and wiped it off with a wet cloth and it worked like a bomb,” she says.

Other moms, including Avina Cloete of Cape Town, prefers a softer approach – aqueous cream wiped off with a wet cloth.

What does an expert say?

Fouzia Leong-Yu, a pharmacist’s assistant at M-Kem pharmacy in Bellville, Cape Town, says the right way to remove Koki marks from children without damaging their skin is to use alcohol. “You can get a 70 per cent or 90 per cent alcohol solution at any pharmacy. Ask for the 70 per cent solution and use a piece of cotton wool to wipe it off.” She adds that the skin contains enough oil to remove nearly anything on its own. “The skin can remove it by itself but it takes some time. The skin contains only so much oil.”

- Dalena Theron

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