Hand sanitiser is being used on a daily basis by many people around the world as a way of keeping hands clean during the coronavirus pandemic.
A bottle of sanitiser is handy to keep in your pocket or bag and use after visiting the supermarket or touching door handles.
However, not all hand gel has proven to be safe for children, after a recent spate of cases in Spain where children have been accidentally poisoned by sanitiser.
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The Spanish government has said that the number of children in the country treated for accidental poisonings during the Covid-19 pandemic has sharply increased, after a multitude have ingested hand sanitiser.
So far this year, there have been 874 reported incidents from the intoxication of hand gel in Spain, compared to 90 in the previous year, according to the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Science.
However, there are numerous natural hand gels which do not contain alcohol which can be used by children in a safe manner.
Child-safe hand sanitisers
Nilaqua Little Hands Sanitiser - 55ml
Nilaqua Little Hands Sanitiser is hospital-approved and kills close to 100 per cent of bacteria in just 30 seconds.
This sanitiser provides up to six hours’ worth of protection and is alcohol and paraben-free. The non-flammable, non-toxic and non-skin drying hand cleaner is great for little hands and is also vegan-friendly.
It can be bought from Boots for the price of £2.49.
Germ Busting Kids Hand Sanitiser Gel - 50ml
Superdrug is also selling this Rosdon Group child-friendly hand sanitiser, which is alcohol-free, suitable for sensitive skin and kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria.
A 50ml bottle costs £1.45.
Organic Children by Green People Hand Sanitiser - 100ml
This hand sanitiser is alcohol-free and contains naturally antibacterial Tea Tree. It’s gentle on sensitive skin and uses 91 per cent certified organic ingredients.
It is a little pricier than some other child-friendly hand sanitisers on the market, but this organic 100ml bottle provides up to 200 pumps, and is eczema-friendly, cruelty-free and vegan.
It can be bought from the Green People website for £10 per 100ml bottle.