Hand sanitizers play a key role in keeping children germ-free, but a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) pointed out that such products can potentially be dangerous.
According to the newly-released CDC report, there have been several incidents of children suffering eye irritation, abdominal pains, and vomiting after coming into contact with hand sanitizers.
Between 2011 and 2014, more than 70,669 reports were made about kids aged 12 years putting hand sanitizer into their mouths, eyes, nose and other parts where these products are not supposed to go.
Nearly 91 per cent of those exposures affected children 5 years old or younger, who were believed to have ingested sanitizers by accident. However, for kids ages 6 to 12, nearly 15 per cent of exposures were no accident, which suggested that those kids deliberately misused or abused hand sanitizers.
The CDC reports underlines, “Increasing awareness of the potential dangers associated with intentional or unintentional ingestion of alcohol hand sanitizers might help encourage proper use and avoid adverse outcomes.”
The researchers stressed that data analyzed by included only reported cases and therefore didn’t account for children who misused or abused hand sanitizers, and didn’t reveal that to others.