Can I use hand sanitizer before touching baby?

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asked Jun 15 in Baby/Newborn by heatedbutt (660 points)
Can I use hand sanitizer before touching baby?

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answered Jun 20 by birdytweety (4,340 points)
You can safely use hand sanitizer on your hands before touching your baby.

Your baby will not be harmed when you touch them after applying hand sanitizer to your own hands.

Just avoid using hand sanitizer on your babies skin as it could dry out and irritate the baby's skin.

A babies head smells so good due to a waxy coating called vernix caseosa which is a white, waxy coating that protects your baby's skin in utero and holds in moisture.

You should always wash your baby's or babies face everyday to keep them clean and also wash their privates everyday as well.

At most babies need a bath around 3 times per week but should at least be wiped down everyday to keep the baby clean.

Babies hands get so dirty due to clothes lint, dirt, drool, sticking their fingers and hands in their mouths as well as normal skin secretions.

You should wash your baby's hands as often as you wash yours such as before eating, after changing diapers, after playing etc.

However you can use wipes to wipe your baby's hands in between hand washing.

You should not stop washing your baby's hands.

Baby's hands always need to be washed but sometimes you can just wipe the hands down with some baby wipes or a wash cloth when they get dirty.

Babies need their hands washed as often as adults and children.

As a general rule you should wash a baby's hands before they should touch something that should stay clean such as food or another baby, and after they have touched anything that might have contaminated their hands.

Until your baby is at least two months old, it's an excellent idea to ask visitors to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before holding your baby.

Set yourself and immediate family members the same rule.

Kids as young as 2 can learn to wash their hands, although they may need help.

You might need to hold your child up so he can reach the sink, or get him or her a booster step so he can reach the faucet.

Wash the baby's hands for 20 seconds.

Rub top and inside of hands, under nails and between fingers.

Rinse hands under running water for at least 10 seconds.

Dry hands with disposable paper towel or towel.

Cleanliness around newborns makes sense, because newborn babies' immune systems aren't fully developed.

Once your baby is more than a month or two months old, you won't need to be so careful about protecting her from germs.

However, it is probably still a good idea for visitors to wash their hands, just in case.

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