Antibacterial hand gel, safe for young children?

Antibacterial hand gel, safe for young children?

Specialists claim that many skincare products, including the common soap, toothpaste or antibacterial hand gel, contain toxic substances dangerous to health that can even lead to cancer. These ideas make us wonder if the ordinary hand gel we use to sanitize the baby's handcuffs, when we do not have a source of water at hand, presents or does not present any essential danger.

Antibacterial hand gels and germ removal

These gels have long been indispensable in reducing illness in schools, kindergartens and other locations. This is because they are an easy method of germ removal, they are easy to use and do not require rinsing water, so you can use them anywhere and anytime.

Specialists claim that they can be very dangerous to young children. If we think that some of them contain at least 62% alcohol, then the harmful side effects are clear. Some antibacterial hand gels contain even 90% ethyl alcohol. It is considered the most effective disinfectant and it is the most used because it has the property of not drying the skin as bad as others.

Dangers children are exposed to using antibacterial gels for hands

Various controversies have emerged lately regarding the use of antibacterial gels for hands and other skincare products.

Toddlers tend to explore all sorts of new things, and if little ones "taste" or even smell this gel after being applied to their hands, then severe problems can occur.

One of these problems is alcohol poisoning. The risk is even greater as they are used in the case of children under 6 months. It may be used in very small quantities on the hands of the child, but if it is applied with a high frequency, the risk increases.

Alcohol that absorbs through the skin in the children's body does not pose health problems, say the specialists, because the absorption is very small, similar to a drop of ingested wine. Be careful though, if used frequently it can cause problems for babies.

Also, their composition may contain some highly toxic chemicals, which if inhaled or ingested by young children can cause long-term health problems. The most dangerous among them is triclosan, which is now the target of all researchers and health specialists, because it is considered to be cancer-causing.

Is it recommended or not to use gels for antibacterial hands in young children?

Doctors argue that hand hygiene products should not be completely avoided without the need for water, but they must be chosen and used with great care. Certainly, the correct use of carefully chosen products is much less harmful than their non-use.

Therefore, parents should be careful about the following when choosing and using an antibacterial hand gel:

  • to read the product label carefully and to avoid choosing products with a high content of alcohol or toxic substances;

  • bio / eco products are a much safer choice;

  • there are products that do not contain any alcohol in the composition, these are preferable;

  • do not apply too much to the child's hands;

  • rub the child's hands with gel until it dries; do not leave your hands moist after application;

  • supervise the child carefully after you give them with this gel and try to avoid as much as possible that it puts the hands in the mouth, at least until you reach a water source to wash it;

  • do not make a habit of using hand gel instead of water and baby soap; apply it only in urgent cases, in which you do not have the necessary products for the normal hand hygiene.

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