Wonder if sanitisers are safe for young children and babies with the current increase in usage during COVID-19? 


As parents, we always want what is best for our children to keep them safe and healthy.

Frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitisers when soap and water is not available helps to decrease your child’s exposure to viruses. However, some parents may wonder if sanitisers are safe for young children, especially babies?

Let us look at the facts on how regular hand sanitisers work, and why it may not be safe. Fortunately, there is a revolutionary new technological breakthrough that offers gentle, continual protection for even babies.

High Alcohol Content

Regular hand sanitisers usually contain high alcohol content between 60 to 95%. To put things into perspective, most beers contain only 5%, and even whiskies have only 40% alcohol content.

If your child has handled or swallowed a teaspoon or more of hand sanitiser, she may develop symptoms such as vomiting, irritated eyes, sore mouth and tummy ache. Alcohol in the sanitiser may also lower her blood sugar, not to mention that alcohol is highly toxic to the liver.

Therefore, while generally safe for adults, it is not safe for children, especially babies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) typically recommends not using them on infants.

Harsh Chemicals

One common alternative ingredient used for non-alcohol hand sanitiser is benzalkonium chloride, a harsh chemical which at high concentration levels are toxic to humans. Even at lower levels of concentration when used in hand sanitisers, it may cause allergic reactions such as rashes, itching and peeling skin.

Naturally, this will not be ideal for babies and young children whose skin is more tender and fragile.

Prolonged Sanitising and Hand Washing

Even for adults, frequent and prolonged sanitising and hand washing may result in:

  1. Aging and wrinkly hands
  2. Dry and flaky skin
  3. Irritated, red and inflamed skin
  4. Contact dermatitis

As such, you can expect the impact and damage to young children’s skin will be even more pronounced.

Therefore, it should be quite clear that the answer is no, regular sanitisers are not suitable for young children, especially babies.

Revolutionary Technology Breakthrough

Instead of using alcohol and other harmful chemicals, Recherché has achieved this technology breakthrough using its unique active ingredient, the Activated Silver Particulate for its World’s 1st Sanitizing Hand Cream.

Silver has been used since ancient days for its health and beauty benefits on the skin. Today, using advanced technology, Recherché has rendered silver into active porous micro particulates which have been clinically proven to inactivate viruses, bacteria and germs.

It has been independently tested and proven in screening tests to be anti-virally effective against enveloped viruses. The family of enveloped viruses includes the coronavirus (SARS-Cov2 causing COVID-19), SARS (SARS-Cov), MERS (MERS-CoV) and Influenza A.

Gentle and Safe for your Baby

The Recherché Protective Recovery Hand Cream utilises only active ingredients that are ECOCERT and COSMOS certified to meet international organic and natural skincare standards, so that you and your family can use our products with peace of mind. It is so gentle that it is pregnancy-safe and suitable for babies.

Continual gentle protection

Unlike regular sanitisers that are only effective at the point of application, the Recherché activated silver particulate is designed to remain on the surface of your skin to provide you with continual, long lasting protection against viruses, microbial and germs.

As a 2-in-1 sanitising hand cream, it has the dual function of being highly moisturising. It can help to repair and restore even dry and damaged skin. Many mothers have also used it for baby rashes with very good results too.

Partnership with Thomson Medical – Protecting your baby

Babies and pregnant mothers with gentle and sensitive needs can now be well protected against viruses without the typical negative impact of regular sanitisers.

Recherché is proud to announce a retail partnership with Thomson Medical to have its Protective Recovery Hand Cream available at both the ParentCraft Centre at Thomson Medical Centre, as well as Thomsonbaby.com.

Brought to you by: Recherché Skincare