Are they really safe? How frequently should they use them?
Edited by Sirman - 11/2/12 at 9:55am
I pretty much only use antibacterial hand spray (I hate the way gel makes me feel) when there is no access to soap and water. The park where we often go to playgroup has a gross bathroom and no soap in there. I try not to go in there, but if we have to, we use the spray.
Also, I use the antibacterial hand stuff in hospitals and Dr. offices.
I don't think using them all the time is a good idea. I use them when I'm at the hospital, and I have one in my purse that I bought when we went to visit my late grandmother - she really wanted us to come, but was in her 90s, and we were all getting over colds.
I don't use them, otherwise.
My education is in the field of Public Health. I don't ever use hand sanitizers. I disagree actively with the current trend toward germaphobia. I believe we are doing more harm than good - physically in the realm of creating super bacteria, and mentally in the sense of teaching fear and a feeling of vulnerability. I taught my kids moderate hygiene, and none of us get sick more than anyone else. Maybe less frequently, and certainly less severely than many people I know.
We use them infrequently.
But we use ones that are alcohol based, not with triclosan.
Now that it is flu season, we will use it in places that have no access to hand washing. Like the subway. My 3 yr old holds the bars, handrails on escaltors, etc. We do not want her having higher chance of flu and colds because we are welcoming two infants into our lives any day.