Hand sanitisers may be harming your child

Hand sanitisers may be harming your child

In children between 6 and 12 years old, hand sanitizer exposure was more intentional in nature, suggesting that there may be the possibility of product abuse. These children generally had worse outcomes than the children with an accidental exposure.

"Using alcohol hand sanitizers correctly, under adult supervision, and with proper child safety precautions and making sure they are stored out of reach of young children might reduce unintended adverse consequences".

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are meant to help keep kids safe from germs, but when kids misuse them, the sanitizers may cause harm.

The CDC analyzed dat from 2011 to 2014 using information from National Poison Data System and found that a total of 70,669 children under 12 had been exposed to the product, including ingesting sanitizer or getting it in their eyes. Among that age group, 97% of exposures were oral ingestions. Numerous kids who had a run-in with the hand sanitizers experienced vomiting, irritation, pain, and red eyes. Of these, 91 per cent of cases involved children under the age of five. Conjunctivitis (862; 10.5%), oral irritation (782; 9.5%), cough (705; 8.6%), and abdominal pain (323; 3.9%) were also reported (Table 2). Some of the more serious cases resulted in comas or seizures.

The study found that majority of intentional exposures to alcohol hand sanitisers occurred in children aged 6-12 years.

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The reason for this seasonal trend is unknown but might be associated with flu season or more ready access to hand sanitisers during the school year, researchers said.

The report comes just months after a damning FDA ruling concluded hand sanitizers are no more useful than soap - and some of the alcohol-based ingredients could even be damaging for your skin.

Some older children may be intentionally consuming brands containing alcohol, according to CDC researchers.

In September 2016, the Food and Drug Administration issued a rule banning the use of triclosan, triclocarban, and 17 other chemicals in consumer hand and body antibacterial soaps and washes because of health and bacterial resistance concerns.

Hand sanitizer is great for when you get off public transportation, or when you use a particularly nasty bathroom, but you should never, ever be drinking it.

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