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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Keeping Toddler Hands Clean in Public - Washing vs Hand Sanitizer

Protecting Toddlers from the Swine Flu
Keeping Kids Safe from the H1N1 Virus
Rachel Lister Read more: http://infant-toddler-health.suite101.com/article.cfm/protecting_toddlers_from_the_swine_flu#ixzz0U4LA7RCw
Public places are the most likely places that infants and toddlers can be exposed to the swine flu. Limit contact with anyone who appears to be sick and be sure and wash your toddler’s hands frequently. Hand sanitizer can be used to prevent the spread of germs while out in public, but it is important to make sure that infants and toddlers do not put their hands in their mouths after using hand sanitizer because many of those products contain ingredients that are toxic if ingested.


  1. CNN just ran an article a week or so ago about how handwashing/sanitizing is not that effective against the flu viruses (both h1n1, and seasonal flu...) unlike a cold virus, which thrives on surfaces, the flu virus actually is more easily spread when it is airborne. therefore, you're waaay more likely to catch either type of flu if an infected person coughs near you than if you touch a table that the person had touched.

    still, hand-washing WILL help keep those nasty cold viruses at bay :)

  2. Thanks for letting me know this. I also saw the 60 Minutes last night that said the same thing. Soooo scary!!! I wash my hands and sons incessantly now. I've also started using my neti pot again like the other article suggested.


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