i use an airbrush on a pretty regular basis. i just found out i am pregnant, and worry about if it effects the baby. i was curious since its edible? is it bad? i have ventilation but not tons, as i probably do 3-5 cakes a week with airbrushing. tia
congratulations on the baby To be honest this is something you really need to ask the doctor. Consult your doctor about this.
Yes I agree, consult your doctor. Everytime I airbrush I breath in the paint and who knows if it is bad for you. I know this because once I airbrushed a cake with blue, then in the afternoon I went to get an upper lip wax. While I was being waxed, the waxer kept looking up my nose until she finally asked me why in the world would I dye my nose hairs blue!!! I almost fell off the table, laughing!!! Truly an OMG moment! Now I wear a filter mask when I airbrush.
Congratulations! So happy for you. You're probably not in any danger since the coloring is edible/food safe/whatever - - but as said before, check with your doctor. This stuff is going in your lungs (and nose ) but probably much less to be concerned about than the fumes you get from furniture polish, floor/toilet cleaner, etc.
The liquid colours should be OK in the amount you use. The metallic and pearl colours might need better ventilation. Your normal over-the-oven fan if vented to the outside is good enough.
Wearing a mask is a good idea anyway, the cheap ones from the local hardware are good enough to keep the food colour out of your lungs.
I tried to find the list of ingredients...no go. You should ermail your manufacturer of your usual brand to find out.
In my previous life - before kids - I practiced Occupational Health and Safety. I agree that you should wear some form of safety protection while spraying with an airbrush. An N95 dust mist mask should probably do the trick but I would recommend that you contact the manufacturer of the specific product you use for a recommendation. Talking to your doctor is also a really good idea.
thank you all so very much for the congrats and advice!