Is Your Sanitizer Gentle Enough For Your Whole Family?
For the last year we have all been avidly practicing social distancing, applying hand sanitizer constantly, working from home, and as for our kids- hello, distance learning, goodbye, friends and fun.
But, now that things have slowed down and vaccinations continue to be administered, restrictions are being lifted all over the nation and it’s time to get your families lives back on track.
Parenting is no joke. You are constantly on your toes, thinking ahead, and doing anything in your power to keep your kids safe and healthy. So, it is only natural that you are already beginning to research products that you feel comfortable exposing your little ones to in preparation for sending them back out, into the world.
One of the biggest questions looming in parents' heads since the start of Covid-19 has been “Is alcohol-based hand sanitizer actually safe for my child?”. Sure, the bottle says “kills 99.9% of germs” but- what else is that little bottle of sanitizer capable of and is it safe?
Let’s take a look.
Though adults generally wouldn’t attempt to drink hand sanitizer, a young child or toddler may not be so wise and could unfortunately end up severely ill.
When it comes to alcohol-based hand sanitizers, in order to be considered effective by the CDC, your average traditional, gel goop-like, sanitizer has to contain at least 60% ethanol, ethyl alcohol, isopropanol, or 2-propanol.
Now, to give you a little perspective on just how much alcohol that really is- the alcohol content for your average beer is 5% ethyl alcohol and even your typical whiskey or rum contain only about 35-40% ethyl alcohol. This means that as little as one teaspoon of alcohol based hand sanitizer is enough to cause intoxication or vomiting in a small child and any more than that could potentially cause severe damage to their liver.
Damage To The Skin Over Time
In adults, the use of alcohol based sanitizers are known to cause various forms of damage to the skin. Drying, cracking, aging, irritation, itching and even eczema are not uncommon among adult frequent hand sanitizer users. Children can be delicate little creatures, their skin is far more susceptible and sensitive to factors such as chemicals, the sun and even wind than the skin of an adult. As such, taking their sensitivity into consideration, along with the side effects alcohol has on adult hands, it only stands to reason that the long term damage to a child’s skin would be significantly worse than it would be for an adult.
What Can You Do?
When it comes to alcohol-based hand sanitizers the benefits just don’t outweigh the risks, especially when they are potentially putting little ones in danger.
The good news is, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not the only effective products on the market. There are a few alcohol-free products with an active ingredient called Benzalkonium Chloride. Benzalkonium Chloride is an antimicrobial agent that kills 99.9 % of germs and microorganisms as well as inhibits any future growth. It is also the only alternative to alcohol-based hand sanitizers approved by the FDA for leave on healthcare antiseptics.
SaniMoist® 2 in 1 Moisturizing Cream Hand Sanitizer is one of those products. Unlike alcohol-based hand sanitizers that dry out the skin, alcohol-free SaniMoist® is proven to repair and restore previously damaged skin as it sanitizes, killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria.
SaniMoist’s creamy, plant-based formula features essence of sesame oil, aloe vera, coconut glycerin and rosemary to lock in moisture, nourish, and promote softer, healthier hands.
Safe for hands of all ages and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, protect the ones you love with SaniMoist®.
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