Are Antiseptic Liquids Safe For Your Baby?


Antiseptic liquids have been well-known in the Nigerian market for years. They reduce the spread of illnesses and infections caused by germs.


Nearly everyone is familiar with antiseptic liquids, but do we truly understand how to use them? Are antiseptic liquids safe for your baby?


It is a concern that mothers and expectant mothers may ask themselves before using the household “saviours.” This article explains the efficacy of antiseptic liquids in babies and whether you should use them in their bath water. 



What is an antiseptic liquid?


An antiseptic liquid is an efficient, concentrated solution that eliminates bacteria and shields you from diseases and illnesses from germs.


It is a versatile liquid with numerous health and personal advantages. You can use it for first aid treatments, wound cleaning, and antiseptic skin cleansing. 


   What are the components of antiseptic liquids?

Chloroxylenol and Alpha-terpineol are two of the main active components of antiseptic liquids. Chloroxylenol is an antiseptic and disinfectant for stings, bites and wound cleaning. On the other hand, alpha terpineol has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties beneficial in medicine. 


 Should you add antiseptic liquids to your baby’s bath water?

They can be harsh for newborns and even some toddlers, so it’s best to either avoid adding it to a baby’s bath water or add it very sparingly (about 1 to 2 drops per bucket) and thoroughly dilute it.


To prevent the spread of diseases to your infant, washing the clothes, towels, and toys your child uses with antiseptic liquid is still preferable. You can also use it to mop the floors and clean the entire house. Adding antiseptic liquids to your baby’s bath water is not recommended because their body is still susceptible to contaminants.


 Are antiseptic liquids good for disinfecting your baby’s injuries?

Cleaning the area around a baby’s wounds with mild soaps or water after an injury is advised if necessary. When a baby is hurt, it’s best to take them to the doctor so they can diagnose and treat the wound properly. Thoroughly dilute the antiseptic with water for wound cleaning. However, this isn’t the best course of action.


 Can you use antiseptic liquids to clean your baby’s rashes?

Rashes are a major concern for parents. If your baby has a rash, do not use an antiseptic liquid to alleviate the rash. It’s better to use specific mild agents and powders for such situations.


What are the side effects of using antiseptic liquid on babies?

Constant application of antiseptic liquid on your baby’s skin has several side effects. Some of them include:


  • Skin irritability and burns: Babies have delicate skin and are likelier to experience burns when in contact with an antiseptic liquid.
  • Skin rashes: The body’s response to the antiseptic liquid may cause a skin rash as an allergy. 
  • Immuno-compromise: They extensively affect all good and bad bacteria. Your baby's skin needs certain bacteria to maintain their skin’s regular flora. Constant use of antiseptic liquid eliminates them, leaving your baby susceptible to skin infections. 

Antiseptic liquids are an amazing disinfectant for household use. However, it's not so great for use on a baby's skin. If you’re unsure of the cleanliness of your baby's bath water, boil it and allow it to cool naturally.


Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Are antiseptic liquids safe for my baby?

Antiseptic liquids may not be safe for your baby. Use milder soaps for bathing your child, and only use them for surfaces your child may touch. 


Can I use antiseptic liquids to clean my baby’s Injury?

Yes, you can, but preferably use moderate additions to clean water. Dilute the solution before applying.


How much do antiseptic liquids cost?

Depending on the size, antiseptic liquids costs from a range of 500-7000 NGN.

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