A Resource for Families
Use of hand sanitizer has increased quite significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When soap and water are not available, families can use hand sanitizer products with fewer and simpler ingredients. Families are encouraged to read the guidance below to help prevent or reduce exposure to contaminants in hand sanitizer. This information can also help guide discussions with your child's pediatrician or with your regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) staff.
Key Messages posted on Jun 16, 2021
Are there contaminants in hand sanitizers? posted on Jun 16, 2021
How can I safely prevent the spread of germs? posted on Jun 16, 2021
What if I need to use hand sanitizer? posted on Jun 16, 2021
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Additional Resources for Families
- Hand Sanitizer Use Out and About
Information on when and how to use hand sanitizer.
- When and How to Wash Your Hands
Guidance on proper handwashing practice.
- Safer Disinfectant Webinar: Hand Sanitizers in the COVID-19 Pandemic
ACMT and PEHSU's webinar on the use of hand sanitizers and possible safety concerns.
- Hand Sanitizers: Keep Children Safe from Poisoning Risk
Information on possible poison risks in hand sanitizers.
- Hand Washing: A Powerful Antidote to Illness
Details the importance of regular handwashing and proper practice.
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) are supported by cooperative agreement FAIN: NU61TS000296 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provides support through Inter-Agency Agreement DW-75-95877701 with CDC/ATSDR. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports the PEHSUs as the National Program Office. The content on this website has not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or the EPA and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. Use of trade names that may be mentioned is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the CDC/ATSDR or EPA.
The information contained on this website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your/your child’s primary care provider. There may be variations in treatment that your provider may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
Date created: August 2021