Are Sanitizers Safe for your Baby and Young Kids?

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

Let us look at the facts on how regular hand sanitizers 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 sanitizers usually contain high alcohol content between 60 to 95%. To put things in perspective, most beer 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 sanitizer may also lower her blood sugar as well. 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.

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Harsh Chemicals
One common alternative ingredient used for non-alcohol hand sanitizer 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 sanitizers, 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 Sanitizing and Hand Washing
Even for adults, frequent and prolonged sanitizing 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 sanitizers 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 corona virus (SARS-Cov2 causing COVID-19), SARS (SARS-Cov), MERS (MERS-CoV) and Influenza A.

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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 sanitizers 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 sanitizing 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 Group – 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 sanitizers.

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

From January 2021 onwards, Thomson Medical Centre shall also be giving to all babies born in Thomson Medical Centre one of our Recherché Protective Recovery Hand Cream for extra protection after discharge.

About Thomson Medical Group
Established in 1979, Thomson Medical is Singapore’s largest private provider of healthcare services for women and children. It owns and operates the iconic Thomson Medical Centre and a network of specialist medical clinics and facilities in Singapore. Listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange, Thomson Medical Group Limited (SGX: A50) is one of Asia’s largest healthcare players.


Coreenna Ong

Head of Research

Coreenna Ong has more than 20 years of extensive experiences in research and development, conceptualization, formulation, production process development and bring to market skincare products in the beauty industry. Ms Ong is currently the Director, Research and Development at Recherché skincare.

Recherché is a Singapore cosmeceutical skincare brand, with its products clean, green, plant-based and specially catered for Asian skin. It is also the pioneer in developing edible skincare actives to specifically address skin concerns.

Within just 2 years, Ms Ong’s research has led Recherché to win several awards and accolades for its products.

Ms Ong’s research focuses on harnessing the latest formulation technologies, knowledge and techniques to distil and extract nature's essence, and then apply them synergistically for maximum results.

She has authored 2 best-selling Beauty and Wellness books with Marshall Cavendish. The books had multiple runs and remained popular and in print circulation for several years. They are currently available in the Singapore National Library collection.

Ms Ong was also a Beauty columnist for Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore's largest Chinese-language newspaper publication, with huge regional presence. As its weekly expert contributor, she shared the latest research and technologies from the Beauty industry, and addressed the many skincare issues and concerns of the newspaper's readers regionally, including offering beauty tips, quick fixes and insider knowledge.

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