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Is it ok to use hand sanitizer on babies?

7 doctors weighed in
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It should be alcohol free.
Otherwise, just clean your baby the old fashioned way- with soap and water.

In brief: Yes

It should be alcohol free.
Otherwise, just clean your baby the old fashioned way- with soap and water.
Dr. Julia Sundel
Dr. Julia Sundel
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

I would avoid the use of hand sanitizer on kids less than 2 months as it will dry their skin out too much.

In brief: Yes

I would avoid the use of hand sanitizer on kids less than 2 months as it will dry their skin out too much.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Yes, it is ok to use hand sanitizer on a baby's hands and feet, but one should wipe off any excess sanitizer. Babies naturally need to develop immunity to "germs" in their world, so it is "unnatural" to keep babies excessively "clean".

In brief: Yes

Yes, it is ok to use hand sanitizer on a baby's hands and feet, but one should wipe off any excess sanitizer. Babies naturally need to develop immunity to "germs" in their world, so it is "unnatural" to keep babies excessively "clean".
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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