Thousands of Children are Getting Sick from Hand Sanitizer Consumption

Whether intentional or unintentional, thousands of kids have been drinking hand sanitizer and it has danger effects on their bodies.

According to information from the National Poison Data System, 70,669 children under 12 had been exposed to the product [hand sanitizer], including ingesting sanitizer or getting it in their eyes, between 2011 and 2014.

Most of those exposures were kids drinking a gelled, alcoholic hand sanitizer product.

Most of the children over six years old were preferring the alcoholic hand sanitizer over the nonalcoholic products, leaving us to assume they were drinking hand sanitizer for the alcoholic effects.

Of those cases, over 8,000 resulted in unfavorable health effects, ranging from abdominal pain and vomiting, to five instances of comas.

According to this information, the rate of exposure in children has also been increasing since 2005.

This report also shows alcoholic hand sanitizers often contain 60-95% ethanol or isopropyl alcohol by volume, and scents that manufacturers add to the liquids could make them more enticing to young children.

When selecting an efficient hand sanitizer, it is always important to try to stray away from an alcoholic sanitizer as it not only dries and cracks skin after prolonged use, but it is harming children who have gotten their hands on it.

The use of a non-alcoholic hand sanitizer is highly recommended.

(Original Article: http://time.com/4692109/hand-sanitizer-children-cdc/)

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