Last update: June 10, 2018
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.
A bactericidal and fungicidal antiseptic.
Used topically in mild mucus infections (vaginal, 0.1% mouthwash for oral hygiene).
Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.
The small dose and low plasma absorption of most topical preparations make it unlikely that significant amounts will be transferred into breastmilk, as stated in information for hexetidine (McNeil Products Ltd 2017).
A case of contact dermatitis has been documented following its use (Merk 1982), so contact should be avoided with mucous membranes or the baby’s skin.
As an oral antiseptic it is much less effective than chlorhexidine (Afennich 2011).
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.
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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.
e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Instituto de Salud Infantil, Grecia-Institute of Child's Health in Greece
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