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How to Use Hand Sanitiser?

The summer holidays are around the corner and its time to get busy. While the tiny tots will be busy having fun, the people in parenting town will be busy trying to figure out how to keep them busy while having fun and staying healthy at the same time. Summer means heat and sweat and with that come the germs that can make your little one very sick. So how do you make your life easy while ensuring that your kids don't fall sick in the summer heat? A simple remedy that will reduce half your work is proper hand hygiene.

When it comes to hand hygiene your best options are hand washing and using a hand sanitiser when washing is not an option. Lets take a look at hand sanitisers and all the do’s and don’t’s pertaining to  it. Your what, why, how, when, do’s and don’t’s answered right here to make your life in parenting town easier.

Sanitising means killing off microbes, and in this particular case, microbes on the skin of the hands.  Simply put a hand sanitiser is usually a gel used to sanitise one’s hands. Now comes a question of what are sanitisers made of and how to use them safely.

Hand sanitisers usually fall into two categories depending on their active ingredient that kills germs. Alcohol based and alcohol free ones. The alcohol based sanitisers usually contain more than 60% alcohol and come highly recommended by the global medical community. The alcohol free ones usually contain antibiotics like sodium benzalkonium as its active ingredient for sanitisation. While a lot of people prefer the alcohol free ones, the medical community warns users agains germs becoming resistant to its active ingredients thereby essentially rendering the product useless.

Now that we know what sanitisers are and what options of sanitisers are available, lets take a look at the correct way of using it.

  • Take a small coin sized amount on the palm of your hands.
  • Rub it thoroughly on the palm, fingers, back of hands, between the fingers and under the nails.
  • Rub it thoroughly till it dries off completely.

While the hand sanitisers may look like a tempting option for all your child’s hand hygiene needs, here are some things that need to be taken into consideration.

  • Sanitisers do not replace hand washing with soap and water.
  • Sanitisers are effective only on visibly clean hands.
  • These work on on the surface so are useless for cleaning soiled and visibly dirty hands.
  • They should be used as a substitute only when soap and water are not readily available.

Now come the precautions when it is the little one’s using the product.

  • Hand sanitisers should only be used under adult supervision.
  • They should be kept out of children’s reach.
  • Avoid sanitisers with fragrances since kids might try to eat them.
  • Either use a moisturiser after using a sanitiser or buy one that already contains moisturisers to counter the drying properties of the product.
  • Teach kids to rinse eyes with ample water in case of eye contact.
  • Do not use hand sanitiser on broken skin and wounds.
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