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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! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: Rub hands well so they are dry. ...Read more
Yes: Baby wipes are ok to use on newborns (hospitals use baby wipes). One should be sure to wipe gently to avoid abrading the skin. If a rash has developed, the parent should talk with the doctor to see if wipes should be stopped, and perhaps switch to tissue+water for cleaning. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Triclosan: According to the fda, there are no additional benefits to having triclosan in health, beauty and household products in preventing infection as compared to products that do not contain it. So far triclosan is not known to be harmful to humans but there are some animal studies that show harm. There is also a question of whether it may cause bacterial resistance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 making sure you get the tips as well as around the fingers if given a choice. ...Read more
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 worsen hygeine of the male genitals. Purell is unlikely to be effective at preventing urinary tract and sexually transmitted infections. Clean and dry is best for the area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 these kids out of the direct sun as much as possible. After six months sunscreen is ok, but be mindful that 9 month olds love to take suncreen on their hands and immediately rub it into their eyes! i like the zinc oxide sunscreens best! ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
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 will help decrease the inflammation as well. And learn the lesson that mr. Sun is trying to teach you: he is our friend, but we must respect his power; apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen when you go out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 residual betadine after the procedure.Leaving it on is thought to increase risk of sensitizing the skin to the product making future use likely to cause a rash. ...Read more
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 chemicals you are potentially ingesting. Use plain soap and water. Can not beat it. ...Read more
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 off well especially in colder climates. Dry hands could also be an allergic reaction to many things, as well as a manifestation of skin or autoimmune or endocrine disorders so talk about it with your pcp. Avoid hand lotion with alcohols ouch! ...Read more
Either: Either is fine. Hand sanitizer is less likely to dry your skin out. ...Read more
We have 4 kids. 1 6week old infant and the others 6.8.10 all fully vaxed. If our kids wash hands or put hand sanitizer on before holding the baby - they should be able to be around her correct? They aren't around her much
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 6 months when his/her immune system matures and works with full potential, keep the routine well baby visits and the scheduled vaccinations, which I trust you do, wish you all wellness ...Read more
No: Rub hands well so they are dry. ...Read more
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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?
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. ...Read more
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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