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is hand sanitizer safe to use on babies?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
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 is also important that the babies not put their hand in their mouths or rub their eyes until the sanitizer has dried. If in doubt, a mild soap and water is always a good option.

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Is it ok to use hand sanitizer on babies?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Yes: It should be alcohol free. Otherwise, just clean your baby the old fashioned way- with soap and water.
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Is hand sanitizer safe to use around babies, even getting some on the babies?

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Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Wash your hjands: Besides alcohol, the santizers have other chemicals. Best to wash hands properly.

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