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is it ok to use hand sanitizer on babies

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
31 years experience Pediatrics
Probably: Most hand sanitizers are alcohol based and work by their drying action. Babies have sensitive skin, which may be overly dried out by the alcohol. It i ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Efremov
42 years experience Internal Medicine
Wash your hjands: Besides alcohol, the santizers have other chemicals. Best to wash hands properly.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Correct: enjoy your kids, and let them enjoy the new addition, and don't worry much, the infant has got natural immunity from you while in the womb untill age ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hylton Lightman
43 years experience Pediatrics
No: Rub hands well so they are dry.
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Dr. Julia Sundel
17 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: It should be alcohol free. Otherwise, just clean your baby the old fashioned way- with soap and water.
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A member asked:
Dr. Salil Gupta
34 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Most of the brands are tested for the strength of chemicals used in them and are ok to be used for newborn baby.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Probably OK: The use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is probably ok during pregnancy as long as it is used sparingly. Tiny amounts of the alcohol can get absorbe ... Read More
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A 73-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Triclosan is very safe for hand soaps/sanitizers.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ajay Balaram
14 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not recommended: Hand sanitizer has alcohol which can be toxic the tissues and flesh underneath the skin. (its not toxic to the top layer of skin) usually best course ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Lee
20 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: It is effective in killing many of the organisms that you take care of with handwashing, however, it is better to wash them for around 20 seconds maki ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Generally it is safe but i prefer to suggest clear water especially if a rash is already present.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
Don't recommend it.: The skin of the scrotum is robust enough for a skin cleanser like purell, but i would advise against it as an overly moist environment can actually wo ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Most products you apply to your skin never reach your bloodstream which is the only way they can get to baby. Injected and oral meds are the ones you ... Read More
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
25 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: In general we recommend that babies not have sunscreen until six months of age. It's not that sunscreen is harmful to the skin, but rather we like th ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
Sure, but...: ...It's not going to do much of anything. Soak some washcloths or small towels in cool water and apply them to the burned skin. Hydrocortisone cream w ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: This is a commonly used disinfectant.I routinely use it for preparing skin for suturing on almost any body surface. I make an effort to remove any res ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience Pediatrics
Would not: Wipes are not intended to be used this way. You are not cleaning them and you can get bacterial overgrowth on the cups and dishes, not to mention the ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
As long as onme keep: The hands clean and avoids having the lotion become occlusive, trapping dirt and debris in the wounds. Id wash hand in a mild soap first and dry then ... Read More
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Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Either: Either is fine. Hand sanitizer is less likely to dry your skin out.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Mcgranahan
23 years experience Pediatrics
No.: Would not recommend using hand sanitizer on your face or anywhere you have open cuts or sores. Hand sanitizer contains a high percentage of alcohol w ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Babyganic: There should not be a problem.
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