Last update June 10, 2018
Very Low Risk
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 team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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