Friday, February 11, 2011
Here's an odd one excerpted from a UK health newsletter that I got in my e-mail:
"Many hand sanitizers have a high alcohol content, which can be a bad mix with children. "
"...a 4-year-old ... became lethargic and incoherent while at school. She was taken to a local hospital emergency room where multiple tests showed nothing wrong. Finally, doctors were informed that she'd been licking hand sanitizer off her hands earlier in the school day."
"A blood alcohol test revealed that she was still intoxicated, six full hours after arriving at the hospital."
"Other similar events have already prompted some schools to discontinue hand sanitizer use or change to alcohol-free products. Use of fragrance-free products is also a good idea because a child might think a sweetly scented dab of hand sanitizer is a treat."
"Please share this warning with friends, family, and school administrators: Hand sanitizer may seem benign, but young children should only use alcohol-free brands and only when administered by an adult. If you wouldn't leave open the liquor cabinet or a bottle of cough syrup, don't give them unfettered access to this potential poison either."
Has anyone else heard of situations like this?