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Researchers: Cases of hand sanitizer poisoning in children increasing


According to Poison Centers, there has been a 400 percent increase in hand sanitizer poisoning involving children under the age of 12.

Most hand sanitizer bottles have more than 60 percent of alcohol in them, which is equivalent to a 120 proof bottle of vodka.

Doctors say drinking as little as a couple squirts of the liquid over time could lead to severe alcohol poisoning.

Dr. Gary Olson, a pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center, said everyone should take precautions when having sanitizer around children.

"A supervised place, not just laying around classroom or in the office too for that matter," Dr. Olson said. "If they're going to be in mom's purse, then it has to be with them at all times so that no one is getting into their purse just like with any other prescription medicine."

He also suggest using sanitizing towels instead because it's not primarily liquid, but has the same effect as any other sanitizer.

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