Q: What should I consider when buying a hand sanitizer to protect my baby?
A: Generally I recommend an alcohol-based product which is rated 0-2 on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) cosmetics database toxicity scale. That way you’re sure to purchase something effective while avoiding highly toxic ingredients. This is an important factor when considering what to buy for you and your baby. EWG is an unbiased resource available to guide purchasing decisions. Babies and small children have very thin skin and immature detoxification systems, and thus are vulnerable not only to what we feed them but also to what we use on their skin, what we clothe them in, and what they breathe.