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11-10-2014, 01:43 PM
can alcohol based hand sanitizer be absorbed thru the skin to make an infant drunk?
odd question, I know. At first I thought no, the alcohol just evaporates, but then I started doubting my answer. Maybe there is something that I hadnt considered. My 11 year old took the Red Cross baby sitting class today. On the drive home, she was telling me some of the things she learned. The instructor told them not to use alcohol based hand sanitizer with infants and toddlers because it can be absorbed thru the skin and make them drunk.

Now I am Consider and asking all of you fine folks who know so much what you think.


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11-10-2014, 02:15 PM
RE: can alcohol based hand sanitizer be absorbed thru the skin to make an infant drunk?
Looks like there might be something to it wrt infants.

After regular application of ethanol on the skin (e.g. in the form of hand disinfectants) relatively low but measurable blood concentrations of ethanol and its metabolite acetaldehyde may occur, which are, however, below acute toxic levels. Only in children, especially through lacerated skin, can percutaneous toxicity occur.

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11-10-2014, 03:00 PM
RE: can alcohol based hand sanitizer be absorbed thru the skin to make an infant drunk?
I wouldn't advise using any hand sanitizer with infants at all to be honest. Not only is it bad if it gets in their mouth, but also it ruins immune system development.

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11-10-2014, 04:04 PM
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(11-10-2014 03:00 PM)Cetaceaphile Wrote:  I wouldn't advise using any hand sanitizer with infants at all to be honest. Not only is it bad if it gets in their mouth, but also it ruins immune system development.

I'm with you on this. Let kids get a little yucky, germy, and dirty, they'll be healthier for it in the long run Yes

Also Bows, I think the biggest concern is like Ceta mentioned: kids putting their hands in their mouth after application. I think absorption through the skin is minimal. Having them eat it could be problematic.

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11-10-2014, 04:05 PM
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(11-10-2014 03:00 PM)Cetaceaphile Wrote:  I wouldn't advise using any hand sanitizer with infants at all to be honest. Not only is it bad if it gets in their mouth, but also it ruins immune system development.

I wonder about this. My brother has two kids. When they had their first they were going around cleaning door knobs and shit. Now he's sick all the time. I guess with their daughter they were too tired to be obsessive about germs and she's hardly ever sick. Could be a coincidence I suppose...
I work in a dry camp so it seems I have to get me some of this hand sanitizer. How much will I need to get a buzz? Smile
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11-10-2014, 04:13 PM
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yeah, I know about not using it on infants and building up an immune system, I had just never heard that it could be absorbed thru the skin, and especially enough to make a kid drunk.

I just always figured the alcohol evaporated.


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11-10-2014, 04:17 PM
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(11-10-2014 04:05 PM)Drunkin Druid Wrote:  
(11-10-2014 03:00 PM)Cetaceaphile Wrote:  I wouldn't advise using any hand sanitizer with infants at all to be honest. Not only is it bad if it gets in their mouth, but also it ruins immune system development.

I wonder about this. My brother has two kids. When they had their first they were going around cleaning door knobs and shit. Now he's sick all the time. I guess with their daughter they were too tired to be obsessive about germs and she's hardly ever sick. Could be a coincidence I suppose...
I work in a dry camp so it seems I have to get me some of this hand sanitizer. How much will I need to get a buzz? Smile

You'll also notice too that some OCD people get ill very often because they are constantly washing their hands and everything in their house. A guy I worked with who was getting treatment for OCD was given a big lecture of scare stories about diminished immune systems.

If it starts young though it can be a lot worse because you might not even develop the basic groundwork for a decent immune system.

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11-10-2014, 05:12 PM
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This thread makes me think about my mom rubbing whiskey on my gums when I was teething. Hmmmm Consider
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13-10-2014, 06:03 AM
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(11-10-2014 04:04 PM)Smercury44 Wrote:  I'm with you on this. Let kids get a little yucky, germy, and dirty, they'll be healthier for it in the long run Yes

Anecdotally, this lines up with what I've seen. Both of my girls started daycare fairly young and got sick constantly for the first three to six months. They'd still get sick semi-often for another year or so after that. Now, they hardly ever get anything more than a mild cold.

My wife and her sister get sick far more often than myself and her sister's husband. Both he and I were in daycare and the two of them were not. Of course, genetics could be playing a role, too.
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13-10-2014, 06:56 AM
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More importantly... Can I get drunk by using hand sanitiser?

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