Alcohol burns in the neonate

J Paediatr Child Health. 1992 Aug;28(4):306-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.1992.tb02673.x.


The case histories of two infants who sustained chemical burns due to contact with alcoholic skin preparation solutions are presented. The skin permeability of the extremely low birthweight infant renders them susceptible to major burns following relatively brief exposure to such solutions. Care is needed in the selection and use of skin disinfection solutions in the neonatal nursery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • 1-Propanol / adverse effects*
  • Adult
  • Burns, Chemical / etiology*
  • Burns, Chemical / pathology
  • Chlorhexidine
  • Disinfection / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / etiology*
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / pathology
  • Skin / pathology
  • Solutions


  • Solutions
  • 1-Propanol
  • Chlorhexidine