Many are now in the habit of using hand sanitisers after going out. This is true especially for children – it is a lot easier than making them wash their hands. But can using hand sanitiser be dangerous?
The short answer here is yes, it can be dangerous. Since a large number of children are drinking hand sanitisers! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave a report that showed that there were kids ingesting hand sanitiser over 70,000 times between 2011 and 2014.
So in terms of hand washing ideals, it still does its job. But in terms of safety for children, hand sanitisers do not fair as well. 92% of these incidents involved products made with alcohol, which have the most dangerous consequences. Although both alcoholic and non-alcoholic sanitisers have bad effects on kids. It can cause irritation and vomiting, but conjunctivitis, mouth irritation, coughing, and stomach aches were also common. The more severe cases were when two children who stopped breathing normally, three who had seizures, and five who went into comas.
At the end of the day, the best option in terms of hand washing is the traditional sop and water for children.
Do you need to be more careful in the way you allow children to handle hand sanitizer? Would converting back to the traditional method be better?
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