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Disadvantages Hand Sanitizers
As a rule, always have anyone that holds your baby either wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
If you feel uncomfortable asking people to do so, place a cute card in the bassinet or crib stating, "i am a clean baby, please wash your hands before you pick me up" and have the sanitizer close by! ...Read more
Various alcohols: The common one I used in my office had an ethyl alcohol base with a variety of bitter additives to make it undrinkable. Isopropyl alcohol (common rubbing alcohol) may occasionally show up in some products. Wood alcohol (methanol) is so toxic (tablespoonful will kill you) it does not show up in this product but is occasional used as a fuel. ...Read more
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 of action for a deep cut is to stop the bleeding with direct pressure. Then if bleeding stops wash with gentle soap and water. See a doctor to see if you need stitches. ...Read more
OUCH!: That type of hand sanitizer is 63% ethyl alcohol or ethanol. Ethanol is the same alcohol found in spirits and liquors and beer and wine. It will sting and probably used sparingly will not harm a very superficial cut but id keep it out of deep cuts. Gentle washing with soap and water is effective. It also contains water, isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, carbomer, fragrance, aminomethyl propanol, etc. ...Read more
No limit: No limit. However you need to be aware that will dry-out you are hands and you need to rehydrate them with hand lotions, of course if you have certain skin condiitions you should not use them. ...Read more
Hand sanitizer: Use soap and water. It is still effective in killing germs ...Read more
Hand sanitizer: Yes, you can use hand saitizer before putting in contact lenses ...Read more
Yes: But make sure your hands are air dried before putting them in. ...Read more
I use hand sanitizer very frequently while taking care of my two young kids. Is there any concern about using too much of it?
Not really: Most of these are composed of ethanol gel and various other additives. They tend to be very drying when used often. The ethanol does not penetrate the skin in significant amounts. Other than dry, rough hands, there is not much to worry about. My nurses used a lot of moisturizers at the end of the work day to try to manage the drying effect. ...Read more
Hand sanitizer is mostly alcohol and remember babies tend to put their hand in their mouth, and they can also absorb the alcohol from thier skin. Alcohol irritates the delicate skin of babies.
In most instances soap and water will do just fine to clean little hands. If you must use it put it on your hands first and then apply to your babys hands.
Always read warning labels on any product you use! ...Read more
Hand sanitizer: Yes. Depending on the sanitizer it could be very dangerous. ...Read more
Varies with brand: The material I use in the office is 65% ethyl alcohol combined with a number of agents that are also toxic to germs and act as stabilizers for the product. ...Read more
No: Rub hands well so they are dry. ...Read more
Swallow Hand Sanitiz: Generally hand sanitizer contains scents and alcohol. Read the label for ingredients. Not sure if there is anything dangerous in there? Call you local poison control hotline. Usually, there is nothing in hand sanitizer that is dangerous, as most people eat with their hands and come in contact with hands cleaned with the same sanitizer. ...Read more
Ingested toxin: The hs in my office are gell forms of ethyl alcohol with a variety of additives that make them un palatable. If injested, this product could lower blood sugar in an infant but would not likely do much else. If the particular sanitizer were a form of wood alcohol (methanol) ingestion of small amounts could be deadly. Surface application of these products is benign but does dry the skin over time. ...Read more