Iodine-free disinfectant which is widely use for skin, mouth, and, obstetric disinfection. It is preferred over iodine-based disinfectants in order to avoid high iodine exposure to the child in the neonatal and breastfeeding period that would pose a higher risk for thyroid dysfunction. Because of pharmacokinetic data (high molecular weight, high capacity for serum protein-binding and poor oral or gut absorption) significant excretion into breast milk is unlikely. Used for obstetrical purposes (vaginal or C-section wounds) even during birth or in the puerperal period, has failed to cause harm neither to the newborn nor the breastfed child. Although use in the nipple may not cause troubles to the breastfed infant (except one reported case in 1989) it is not considered to be a justified practice for prevention of mastitis. Any way, it is preferred to avoid use on the nipple, at least on a long-term basis. If used, wash the nipple thoroughly before nursing. List of Essential Medicines by WHO 2002: compatible with breastfeeding.
CAS Number: 55-56-1
Chlorhexidine has been used vaginally or topically on the abdomen or perineum prior to delivery to prevent infection. No toxicity has been reported in breastfed infants and it has clearly less toxicity compared to povidone-iodine in these situations. Topical application of chlorhexidine to the breast before and after nursing did not appear to adversely affect the breastfed infants in one study. Use of chlorhexidine oral rinse by a nursing mother is unlikely to adversely affect her infant.
Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse is safe in breastfeeding and should not create any health problem for your baby but in case you feel any health issue associated with Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse you should contact your doctor or health care provider. Be it pregnancy or lactation you shall keep your doctor informed.
Definitely, Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse is safe in lactation for baby. No wonder your doctor has recommended it.
No extra baby monitoring required while mother is using Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse
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