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Is it ok to use hand sanitizer on babies?

Is it ok to use hand sanitizer on babies?

No: 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!

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Is hand sanitizer safe to use around babies, even getting some on the babies?

Is hand sanitizer safe to use around babies, even getting some on the babies?

Wash your hjands: Besides alcohol, the santizers have other chemicals. Best to wash hands properly.

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I forgot that I had put hand sanitizer on my hands, and let my baby suck my finger for a few seconds before realizing what I did. Will my baby be ok?

I forgot that I had put hand sanitizer on my hands, and let my baby suck my finger for a few seconds before realizing what I did. Will my baby be ok?

Safe: We may possibly all be better off using more hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers like Purell are alcohol based, and the amount on a fingertip (especially after a few seconds) would be insignificant. Baby will be fine.

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Baby and kid hand sanitizer information?

Baby and kid hand sanitizer information?

Be careful: If children's swallow these agent they could be harmful to the child and end up in er.

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Is it true that 3 squirts of hand sanitizer can kill a child?

Is it true that 3 squirts of hand sanitizer can kill a child?

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.

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Put hand sanitizer on outside of cheese while still sealed w/ plastic. Went to eat some & it tasted like hand sanitizer.19 w preg. Could it hurt baby?

Put hand sanitizer on outside of cheese while still sealed w/ plastic. Went to eat some & it tasted like hand sanitizer.19 w preg. Could it hurt baby?

Minimal ingestion: I think you will be fine; obviously there are no studies on this to guarantee the lack of harm, but it's highly unlikely with such a small amount. The only known harm is likely the small amount of alcohol in the sanitizer, but your pregnancy is so far enough along that this should not matter. Relax. It's going to be fine.

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Is it safe if baby puts hands into the mouth after hands are used hand sanitizer alcohol free (leave it dry)? Thanks

Is it safe if baby puts hands into the mouth after hands are used hand sanitizer alcohol free (leave it dry)? Thanks

Sanitizer: Without knowing what product you are using it is impossible to be definitive, but the chances of this doing harm to your baby are infinitessimally small.

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Touched bird poop. Washed hands 6x, used hand sanitizer 3x, used rubbing alcohol 1x. Will I get sick from the poop? Will my nursing baby get sick?

Touched bird poop. Washed hands 6x, used hand sanitizer 3x, used rubbing alcohol 1x. Will I get sick from the poop? Will my nursing baby get sick?

I doubt it.: While we "never say NEVER" in medicine, it sounds to me like you did all you could to reduce any risk you might have from the bird poop contact. Sounds to me like you are working to be a responsible mom, and keep your nursing baby healthy.

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Child scratched me after swam in dirty pool, broke skin, little blood. Hand sanitizer, washed 5 min w/ soap. How long to know it's not infected? Days?

Child scratched me after swam in dirty pool, broke skin, little blood. Hand sanitizer, washed 5 min w/ soap. How long to know it's not infected? Days?

Couple of days: If it does not become, red, swollen or painful by a couple of days since the incident, you should be okay. You may apply Neosporin ointment to the wound. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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Is it ok to rub hand sanitizer all over my face due to shaving cuts?

Is it ok to rub hand sanitizer all over my face due to shaving cuts?

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 which can be very irritating. Best to wash your face with a mild cleanser and use a hypoallergenic after shave lotion.

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I work at a place that can get pretty dirty so I use a lot of hand sanitizer... I used an entire bottle in a few hours once. Is that ok?

Sure: Hand sanitizers are good if you can't wash your hands. Washing your hands with soap and water is just as good. You can't be too careful.

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What is hand sanitizer made of?

What is hand sanitizer made of?

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.

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Is sniffing hand sanitizer bad?

Is sniffing hand sanitizer bad?

Yes: Sniffing any chemicals can cause a health issues, why take a chance? If this is a habit you can't control, it is an addiction, and needs to be looked at...

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Could I die from drinking hand sanitizer?

Could I die from drinking hand sanitizer?

Yes: You could also die from drinking too much water. But the toxic material and ethyl alcohol in hand sanitizer would kill you sooner. The physical pain and discomfort for both would make it a gross and truly undesirable event.

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Does hand sanitizer really prevent disease?

Does hand sanitizer really prevent disease?

Yes: Hospitals that have instituted hand washing protocols (mostly with sanitizers) can show lower rates of infection and also lower mortality rates.