hand sanitizer

Isobel - posted on 10/26/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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The best invention of the century...or the downfall of mankind?

Honestly, every time I hear a woman say "don't touch my baby unless you've sanitized your hands" or "I won't allow my kid to sit in a shopping cart without sterilizing it first", shivers literally run down my spine. I truly believe that keeping your kids away from germs makes them sick MORE often. Every kid needs to eat a pound of dirt in their life, and the five second rule is in affect at our house..and we are not too strict about how long the seconds are.

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Kelley - posted on 10/29/2010

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I keep some in the diaper bag but use it rarely. I will use a wipey on toys my daughter has dropped in a public place since she's teething and I made a fabric cover for bar in front of her in the shopping cart (a full shopping cart cover seems like a pain to me).

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Amanda - posted on 10/29/2010

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I think it's great to have around when you have to use a public restroom that is far from being remotely clean.



I also have a cart cover for my little one when we go grocery shopping....with a teething one who will bite on anything, it's great to have that barrier there.



Also, I think there is a hand sanitizer, that is in lotion form so it doesn't dry out your hands!

Charlie - posted on 10/27/2010

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I never use hand sanitizer , i see no need for it soap and warm water is fine .

My sister however is obsessive about it , i really dont think its good for your skin or immunity .

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I don't use hand sanitizer unless I've used a bathroom that doesn't have any soap. If you don't want to get sick/ingest germs, don't stick your hands in your mouth, in your eyes, or anywhere near your face after touching things other people have touched!

Sharon - posted on 10/27/2010

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oh man - a toughie!!

We use hand sanitizer periodically but not religiously. Before we eat mostly and then, when we are out and about.

At work, at best, I rinse my hands after going into the ladies room. Seriously, I'm in and out of there dozens of times a day, I can't carry lotion with me all the time and our soap is HARSH. Really tears up my hands.

After handling money - I wash my hands but if I'm in a rush, we have hand sanitizers in the drawers.

when the kids were babies, I worried about the seats being clean, more than sterile. I'm not sure I ever made that distinction before.

Krista - posted on 10/27/2010

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Yeah, but if you're camping while on the rag, I'm sorry -- I want to wash my hands up after changing my tampon, thanks.

Jenny - posted on 10/27/2010

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Where you camp has outhouses? I'm more of a find a flat spot by some water kind of camper. Toilet facilties include bushes and digging holes. For a luxury we bring our own TP. If we run out, nature provides leaves, don't use the ones with white berries.

Becky - posted on 10/27/2010

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I carry it, and use it occassionally if soap and water aren't available. But I'm pretty far from germophobic! I've wiped down shopping cart handles once or twice, I think during the big H1N1 scare last year, I was pretty careful then because I didn't want to get my kids vaccinated. (well, couldn't vax the baby anyways.) My kids often eat stuff off the floor at home - in fact, I'll even pick it up when they throw it on the floor and put it back on their plates. But, we never wear our shoes in the house, which is always my biggest concern with eating off the floor- you never know what someone's tracked in on their shoes. So, in public, nope, if it falls on the floor, it's gone.
I know my kids have eaten sand, and leaves, and who knows what else. But hey, I've eaten bugs on purpose and lived to tell about it!
I am a firm believer in allowing kids to be exposed to some dirt and germs. I think, not only does it make their immune systems stronger, but it cuts down on allergies too. Because is countries that aren't germophobic like we are, there are far fewer incidences of allergies!
Although I wish I could've avoided the stomach bug we currently have, because it sucks!

Sarah - posted on 10/27/2010

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I have to admit that I'm one of those "germaphobe" mothers. Now, I'm not nearly as bad as I used to be though. When my son was younger, I used to be anal about washing my hands before touching my son's face, hands, food, etc. My husband is the LEAST germaphobic person I know & I always got onto him about washing his hands before touching the baby, too. I got on his nerves A LOT. :) But, anyway, now that my son is 13 months old, I've come to realize that there's NO WAY to keep every single little thing sanitized. I no longer freak out about him touching things & I don't even carry hand sanitizer with me all that often. I still use one of those shopping cart covers occasionally, though. I just don't like the thought of him putting his mouth on the handle where soooo many nasty hands have been.

Rosie - posted on 10/27/2010

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i carry one, but i've had it for ages, it gets used if i'm too lazy to wait for my kids to wash their hands after going to the restroom in public.
now, i am very guilty of using those wipes for the shopping carts. shopping carts freak me out.
i don't disinfect everything at home all the time, not do i use the hand sanitizer all the time, i just have a thing for shopping carts that's all, lol!!

Jenn - posted on 10/27/2010

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I don't really buy it. I have some that I think I got as a free sample, but I don't sanitize the shopping carts or use a seat cover. I also actually SIT on public toilets! Oh the horror! If I drop a chip on my floor I'll pick it up and eat it. My kids have eaten bugs, dirt, and likely a little poop.

Dana - posted on 10/27/2010

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Yes, the non-alcoholic kind is very nice too. I'm not sure if it did have alcohol in it in the hospital or not. I know I've used some that had aloe in it to make it better, not really likely when you're using it all the time though. lol

Krista - posted on 10/27/2010

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They have no-alcohol stuff, which is nice. And yeah, hand sanitizer CAN be very nice if you're camping and using outhouses.

Dana - posted on 10/27/2010

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I don't know Jodi, we used the hand sanitizer when Ethan was born and stayed in for 2 weeks, my hands were raw from that too. :| All that alcohol in it..

Jodi - posted on 10/27/2010

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JuLeah, when my daughter was born she was in the Special Care Nursery for 10 days. Every single time I went in there and handled her I had to wash my hands. Fair enough. But I had to wash with antibacterial soap, water and then dry with hand towel. I have very sensitive skin, and my hands ended up chapped and bleeding......hand sanitiser would have been awesome under those circumstances. I found out about it soon afterward, and bought some for when she came home. That stuff is GREAT for the change table :)

JuLeah - posted on 10/27/2010

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I agree. we are making their immmune systems weak. The push for 'no germs' has left my many my the classroom washing their hands until they are red and chapped

C. - posted on 10/27/2010

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We do the five second rule, too (though my husband generally uses the 10 second rule).. So long as we are at our house, my mom's, in-law's, sisters' houses.. Out in public, forget it.



I do use hand sanitizer, especially if we've just gone shopping and decide to go out to eat. I use it after a shopping trip regardless, but I use more if I'm going to be eating. I agree that some people are too clean. You do need some dirt in your kids' lives to kick their immune system into gear. You're really not doing yourself or your kids a favor by always making sure they are super-duper squeaky-clean.



The shopping cart thing.. I used to be like that when I first had my son. Not anymore. It's a real hassle sometimes when you just want to get in and get out of the store quickly. I have a cart cover (got it at my baby shower almost 2-1/2 years ago). I think I used it 3 times.



Oh, and bathing.. We don't do every night. We usually do it every couple of nights, but that's just due to my son's horrible Eczema (per doctor's request, we don't give him a bath more than 4 times a week. It was no more than 3/week, but since then he gets in to too many things, so we make sure it's no more than 4).

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I have some of the wipes in my handbag. I don't think i have opened them. My children play with our dogs eat dirt and do all the normal kid things. They bath every night but i must admit i'm kinda bad when it comes to washing hands when we are at home.( ALWAYS wash hands and touch as little as possible in public loos) But My children are also the healthiest children we have around us. They are rearl sick and when they are all it usually is is a runny nose for 3 days and they are better.

Amie - posted on 10/27/2010

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The only time we use hand sanitizer is when we've gone to the bathroom in public or camping and there's no soap (or water when we're camping lol) to wash with. I have the same travel size bottle in my purse from two years ago, that's how little we use it.

Our youngest likes to chow down on dog food, we're not overly concerned. Obviously there's some boundaries and some things that give me the ick factor but they're healthy kids. They rarely get sick, so it must be working whatever we're doing... or not doing I guess. haha

Johnny - posted on 10/26/2010

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I keep some in the diaper bag in case Michaela touches the toilet seat or dog poo. I use it at work because our bathroom soap was giving me eczema and obviously I need to clean my hands after the toilet. But otherwise, I never use it. I'm not a big believer in that kind of stuff.

Lindsay - posted on 10/26/2010

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I keep sanitizer in my purse but it doesn't get used very often. Like many have said, it gets used in public restrooms if the soap is out or before we eat on the run. I've never been one to wipe down the shopping cart. I'm very anal about everything around me being neat and tidy but I only sanitize my bathroom, kitchen sink and counter. Beyond that, if it looks clean, it's clean enough. We also have the 5 second rule, only it often lasts well over 5 seconds (at home anyhow!).

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Meh, we're not that clean...lol! I've just started carrying a small bottle of sanitizer with me now that Eliza is starting to use public toilets. She has a tendency to touch the seat while she's sitting on it and not all public bathrooms have soap. That just grosses me out.

Bonnie - posted on 10/26/2010

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The only times I usually use hand sanitizer is when it is easier to access compared to soap and water. I never usually wipe anything down unless it looks dirty. My kids still like to put their fingers in their mouths so I try to keep their hands clean if I can, but won't fret over it. My sister in-law on the other hand, if she knows someone in the family is even the least bit sick, she won't be caught dead in the same house or room or whatever it is. She is always using sanitizer and wiping things down, especially shopping carts. The way I usually look at it is, when you are in contact with someone, they may not even look sick at all, but are carrying the germs and could turn out to be sick the next day.

Jodi - posted on 10/26/2010

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I carry one in the car (you just never know when you are on the road!!) and usually one in my purse just in case. There are sometimes I need it, but I don't use them very often. i also have antibacterial wipes at home that I use to wipe the bathroom and toilet when I don't have the time to do a full clean. I also keep an antibacterial handwash near my kitchen sink for when I have been handling meat/chicken. I am a pedant when it comes to food hygiene :) That's pretty much it. I don't beleive in using it all the time.

I do think antibacterial products can be overused. My step-son's mother is a clean freak. She cleans everything with anti-bacterials, twice if possible. He is the sickliest kid I have ever known. His immune system is shocking, antibiotics don't even have effect on him anymore, anytime he is sick they dose him up with steroids these days. I honestly think she should have let him eat a bit more dirt when he was younger.

Kate CP - posted on 10/26/2010

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I'm sort of a germaphobe but only for myself as I have no immune system. When my daughter was born I was terrified that she would end up like me so I let EVERY ONE hold her and touch her and some times I even told them "Don't wash your hands!" I was nursing her, she was a healthy newborn, and I was determined that she wouldn't end up like me. I have hand sanitizer in my bag and I use it on the toilet seats in public bathrooms, after I touch doorknobs at doctor's offices or hospitals, handle money, and before I eat. I try not to go over board with it because if you use it too much it can really irritate your skin and make things worse. I don't wipe down carts, though I probably should. I don't make Sam sterilize things or herself like I do but then again, she doesn't need to. *shrug*

Krista - posted on 10/26/2010

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I don't go overboard with stuff like that, although I DO wipe down the shopping cart. Dirt and a few germs is one thing, but the remnants of hundreds of strangers, some of whom may not have washed their hands after having a shit? Yeah, no thanks. Besides, my kid's teething, so everything goes in his mouth -- which means that he often winds up gnawing on the shopping cart handle.

Dana - posted on 10/26/2010

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I actually wipe down the carts every time because I'm horrified of foot and mouth disease (and I know you can catch it other ways) otherwise, I don't use hand sanitizers. I also am extra careful during flu season because that CAN reek havoc on a baby.

The other day I saw an older man wiping down his cart, his wife said "Oh yeah and what did people do before sanitizing wipes!?" He replied, "They got sick." end of discussion. lol I think it just depends on who you are and what stage you are in life. I am a firm believer in letting kids come into contact with germs though.

Ez - posted on 10/26/2010

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I'm the least germaphobic person alive. The only time I use hand sanitizer is at work (I'm a medical secretary) and if I have to take Milla into public bathrooms. Five-second rule here too!

Jenny - posted on 10/26/2010

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Downfall of mankind. I never use hand sanitizer and I'm not afraid to get dirty. My rules are use soap and water and keep your damn hands out of your mouth.

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We use hand sanitizer on occasion (usually only when I'm working the toddler room at church or visiting the Humane Society), but I'm w/ you. Dirt and germs (in small doses) are good and normal for the most part.

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I keep a small bottle in my purse to use before we eat, if we need to eat on the run. I'm grossed out by the idea of live bacteria going into my mouth (or my son's).

I never made people sanitize their hands before touching my son. I do wipe down the shopping cart with a towelette during cold and flu season, but the rest of the year, I don't really bother.

Isobel - posted on 10/26/2010

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clearly I'm not talking about babies with compromised immune systems or allergies or whatever...just normal germophobe mothers.

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