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Tips For Buying Hand Sanitisers For Kids

We have all seen sufficient TV ads telling us the ‘n’ number of ways by which the little ones can get infected with disease causing germs. And we can all agree that dirty hands are the biggest culprits resulting in sick leaves from school.

Every parent knows clean hands and kids are not exactly the best of friends. And making them do so is a task in itself. So, a task yes, but it’s not exactly rocket science.

Agreed, they might be washing hands but that’s not enough to keep those ziddi germs away. Further, only soap and water cannot make the hands completely clean. Here, hand sanitisers come to the rescue.

Just a pinch of hand sanitiser, after they wash hands, can be extremely helpful in killing all the germs, bacteria and viruses. So, now that you have agreed on the benefits of using hand sanitisers for kids and decided to buy one, here are some useful tips for you.

  1. One should look for hand sanitisers that dry quickly without leaving a sticky residue
  2. Don’t get lured by the word ‘kid-friendly’ written on bottle of hand sanitiser. Flip to the ingredients on the back side and if you find either Benzalkonium Chloride or Triclosan, then don’t buy as both are suspected of bacterial resistance.
  3. In the market, you may find hand sanitisers in pink, blue, green or cream colours. Check if they are natural colours or synthetically derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. So, don’t go by the colour.
  4. Avoid ‘fragrant or perfumed’ hand sanitisers as they may be hiding many chemicals behind this term which may cause reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and the like. Also, children are tempted to lick their hands if the sanitiser is sweet smelling or fragrant one
  5. ‘Long lasting protection’ hand sanitisers leave a residue on the skin for hours afterwards that give bacteria a chance to mutate and form resistance. So, avoid these kinds
  6. If you opt for the alcohol-based hand sanitiser, then check the bottle for active ingredients. Make sure that whichever is the alcohol, its concentration is more than 60 percent as less than that isn’t enough. A word of caution, let your child use this hand sanitiser under your supervision only
  7. Hand sanitisers are kind to the skin and maintain the natural pH to keep skin supple and hygienic

So, what are you waiting for? Go, take your pick and ensure a healthy future of your child.


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