Germolene is an antiseptic cream which can be applied to wounds, cuts and scrapes. It prevents the occurrence of infection and thus can make the wound heal better. It can also be used on burns, blisters and even on insect bites. Germolene is present in the form of a cream or ointment, and is sold over –the-counter.
Germolene has 1.2% phenol (which is a form of alcohol) and 0.25% chlorhexidine digluconate as the active ingredients. These contents help in cleaning a wound and prevent any bacteria from entering in the injured tissue.
Can You Use Germolene On Babies?
Babies and little children seemed to get injured a lot. Their skin also tends to burn under the sun quite quickly, and when they get to the age when they can walk and run, they are always injuring themselves in one way or another.
When a baby or a child gets a minor cut or scrape, most parents don’t head straight to the pediatrician but prefer to treat the small injury at home. A lot of parents want to clean their little one’s injuries by applying an antiseptic cream, but is this safe?
For babies under 6 months old, you should not apply Germolene at all. This cream contains alcohol, which may irritate the baby’s skin and you will end up doing more harm than good. Young babies also have a higher chance of reacting to the chemicals present in the cream and may have an acute allergic reaction. This reaction can manifest in the form of a rash, itching, swelling and discomfort.
Babies Aged 6 to 24 Months:
At this age, babies can tolerate chemicals better, but are still better off without them. You should apply Germolene to your little one’s cut or scrape only if he or she seems to be in a lot of pain and you do not have any other medicine handy.
Even then, apply a very tiny amount and watch closely for signs of irritation. If skin starts getting red, wash it off immediately. It is best if you just wash the wound with soap and water and apply an antibacterial cream, as it does not contain any alcohol.
Babies More Than 2 Years Old:
You can apply Germolene on babies of this age.
Method Of Application:
First of all, wash the wound with soap and water so any dirt and impurities present in it are removed. Next, wash your own hands. Take a small amount of the cream in your fingers and gently apply it to the wound, rubbing lightly so it gets absorbed in the skin.
You may cover the wound with a bandage if you believe that it might get dirty again.
Words Of Caution:
- Never apply Germolene to any child who has a family history of allergy to this drug.
- Do not apply on the hands of babies, as they tend to suck their thumb and fingers and might accidently ingest the chemical.
- Keep out of reach of children
- For serious wounds and injuries, you must see a doctor immediately.