Hand Sanitizers Vs. Soap & Water

    Research on the use of antibacterial soaps has shown that plain soaps are just as effective as antibacterial soaps in reducing bacteria related illnesses. In fact, using consumer antibacterial soap products may increase bacterial resistance to antibiotics in some bacteria. These conclusions only apply to consumer antibacterial soaps and not to those used in hospitals or other clinical areas.

    Other studies suggest that ultra-clean environments and the persistent use of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers may inhibit proper immune system development in children. This is because inflammatory systems require greater exposure to common germs for proper development.

    What is the best way to wash hands?

    Proper hand washing involves ”20 to 30 seconds of vigorous scrubbing with soap and warm water.” It’s the physical rubbing that does a lot of the work. But the soap is important.

    What is the best way to use hand sanitizers?

    To use hand sanitizers properly, use one or two squirts or pumps. Rub hands together briskly, front and back, between fingers, around and under the nails, until hands are dry.

    If you have a sick child, what can help contain those germs?

    Use normal household cleaning agents such as bleach to wipe down surfaces such as diaper-changing tables. Pay careful attention to infection control. Wash [hands] with soap and water before preparing food. If you are sick, don’t prepare food.

    Those with more than one child should be careful to wash their hands between tending to the sick child, such as diaper changing, and tending to the well child

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