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HANDS OFF THE HAND SANITIZER, KIDS !

NPR : SARAH BODEN



The Pennsylvania Department of Health said hand sanitizer-related exposures are up more than 80%, compared to this time last year, at poison control centers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, the state's two largest cities.

Pittsburgh's center reports 75% of hand sanitizer-related calls involve children, the majority age 5 or younger. "They almost always are either intentionally or accidentally drinking it," said Dr. Michael Lynch, the center's director. "Or [it's] potentially in the eyes and causing burning." Most exposures are mild as hand sanitizer is not particularly toxic. Homemade sanitizers do run the risk of skin irritation if they are not manufactured properly.

After an exposure, the usual recommendation is to wash the area with water. If sanitizer has been ingested, eating or drinking something can help settle the stomach.


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