keeping baby's hands clean

Christiane - posted on 11/06/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am wondering w/ the surge of use of hand sanitizer and the news reports about the danger of children licking off the alcohol on their hands, and babies love to put their hands in their mouth, what is the best way to keep baby's hands clean when out in public, would it still be ok to put some hand sanitizer on their hands or would a baby wipe be a better option?

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Sarah - posted on 11/07/2009

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i usually just use a baby wipe.

he has a wash every morning and a bath every night anyway ..

Jessica - posted on 11/07/2009

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i use a baby wipe and wipe my sons hands every time i change his bum. I wouldnt use sand sanitizer. if i wipe is good enough to clean their bum it should be good enough to clean their hands.

Carol - posted on 11/06/2009

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you shouldn't use antibacterial products on babies anyways. i mean, unless they are crawling in infectious places, soap and water should suffice. the alcohol in those products will dry out their skin, too. i personally use baby wipes when in a hurry and there is no bathroom in site.

Kimberly - posted on 11/06/2009

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Mine either, but I've been working with newborns to age 5 for 4 years. That's the advice we got at work. Making sure their hands are clean is our priority.

Christiane - posted on 11/06/2009

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thanks, I was wondering about the amt of time it is unsafe, guess I can ask the pediatrician along w/ the other million of questions I will have, my baby is not born yet

Kimberly - posted on 11/06/2009

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I heard that as long as you make sure it dries before they put it in their mouth, it wouldn't be enough alcohol to do any harm.

Brandy - posted on 11/06/2009

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I've done it a couple times with my daughter but only because we were leaving somewhere like the doctor's office or the immunizations office. I rubbed it together on my hands first then rubbed her hands between mine so that it dried really quickly. She's 18 months so she hardly puts her hands in her mouth anymore but when she is tired she still sucks her thumb. I was thinking thought that maybe baby wipes would work because they have alcohol in them but are still gentle and have a small amount. I was going to try using them but all mine that I have at home are alcohol free.

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