US’s Center for Disease Control of Prevention recently declared that the number of children experiencing severe symptoms associated with drinking hand sanitizer has increased at an alarming rate. As part of a new study published CDC’s official webpage, it appears that more than 70,000 cases of children chugging down hand sanitizer were identified and treated from 2011 to 2014.
Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a dangerous new trend which threatens the health of young children and adolescence. According to the institution, every day more and more children are being hospitalized after drinking hand sanitizer.
While the specialists agree that in the case of younger children this is an accident, probably because the parents weren’t careful enough to place the bottles out of their reach, they also said that older children, especially adolescents decide to drink the content of the bottle as part of some challenge.
One can surely recall the case of the 10-year-old boy who suffered second-degree burns on his face and chest after pouring a bottle of hand sanitizer on his body and setting it on fire as part of an Internet challenge.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that drinking hand sanitizer is very dangerous because it can result in the death of the patient. Now, according to the paper, the most common symptoms associated with drinking the substance are acute stomach pains and vomiting. However, in rare cases, the doctors have observed more violent reactions such as seizures and even patients slipping into a coma.
So, what can we in order to ensure that our kids don’t end in the hospital’s emergency room after chugging the contents of a hand sanitizer? First of all, if you have small children, be sure to put the bottle in a place they can’t reach a high shelf or a locked bathroom cabinet.
On the other hand, if you have an older child, it would be a good idea to talk with him or with her about the dangers of ingesting the substance. Tackle the subject as naturally as possible to avoid awkwardness.
But, probably the best way to keep your kids from the substance is not to buy it in the first place. A small bottle of sanitizer inside your bag or car is a great idea, but using it instead of soap and water each day is not particularly healthy. Studies have shown that hand sanitizer doesn’t kill all bacteria and, in some cases, they can mutate and turn into antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
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