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Hand Sanitizer scare...

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 1:00 PM
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A friend just sent me an email and it's verified at Snopes as being true. 

        Yesterday, my youngest daughter,
Halle, who is 4, was rushed to the emergency room by her father for
being severely lethargic and incoherent. He was called to her school by
the school secretary for being 'very VERY sick.'
       He told me that when he arrived,
Halle was barely sitting in the chair. She couldn't hold her own head up
and when he looked into her eyes, she couldn't focus them.
       He immediately scooped her up and
rushed her to the ER, and then called me.
       When we got there, they ran blood
test
after blood test and did x-rays, every test imaginable. Her white
blood cell
count was normal, nothing was out of the ordinary. The ER
doctor told us that he had done everything that he could do so he was
sending her to Saint Francis for further tests.
       Right when we were leaving in the
ambulance, her teacher came to the ER and, after questioning Halle's
classmates, we found out that she had licked hand sanitizer off her
hand.
    Hand sanitizer, of all things.
    But it makes sense. These days they have
all kinds of different scents and when you have a curious child, they
are going to put all kinds of things into their mouths.
       When we arrived at Saint Francis, we
told the ER doctor there to check her blood alcohol level, and yes we
did get weird looks, but they did it. The results showed her blood
alcohol level was 85% --  six hours after we first took her. There's no
telling what it would have been if we would have requested it at the
first ER.
       Since then, her school and a few
surrounding schools have taken this out of the classrooms of all the
lower grade classes, but what's to stop middle and high schoolers from
ingesting the stuff?
       After doing research on the Internet,
we have found out that it only takes 3 squirts of the stuff to be fatal
in a toddler. For her blood alcohol level to be so high was to compare
someone her size to drinking something 120 proof. So please PLEASE don't
disregard this because I don't ever want anyone else to go through what
my family and I have gone through.
       Please send this to everyone you know
who has children or are going to be having children. It doesn't matter
what age.

http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/sanitizer.asp

~Lisa


by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 1:00 PM
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Momto1plus1
by Member on Feb. 14, 2009 at 4:44 PM

I think the key to using the soapless hand cleaner with young children is supervision.   I taught a 2 year old class.  We would line the kids up give each a small squirt.  then we sang a song that I made up to ensure that each child was rubbing their hands dry.   At the end of the song each child clapped their hands over their head to indiate their hands were dry.  We watched child to ensure they weren't doing anything they weren't suppose to do.  

One of the things that I hate about these sacre emails is that most of the time, it involves lack of surpervison.    

jennyschnepf
by on Feb. 15, 2009 at 10:38 AM

I agree that a lack of supervision causes most problems that children face, but if we go to great lengths to lock up our cleaning solutions and harsh chemicals, if this is true, why should it be treated any differently?

My particular concern after reading this is the children's play area in the Stones River Mall.  There is hand sanitizing dispensers within arms reach of the children, and I personally have witnessed all kinds of children making a game of squirting it.

Just goes to show that even in the safest places, children can still find danger.  Best to just be careful!

Momto1plus1
by Member on Feb. 15, 2009 at 1:37 PM


Quoting jennyschnepf:

I agree that a lack of supervision causes most problems that children face, but if we go to great lengths to lock up our cleaning solutions and harsh chemicals, if this is true, why should it be treated any differently?

My particular concern after reading this is the children's play area in the Stones River Mall.  There is hand sanitizing dispensers within arms reach of the children, and I personally have witnessed all kinds of children making a game of squirting it.

Just goes to show that even in the safest places, children can still find danger.  Best to just be careful!


Jenny I have witnessed the same thing at the mall.  Of course, when you look around Mom or Dad is sitting on the other side of the play area, reading the paper or talking to someone.   Definitely not supervising their child.  

I have always wondered how some children make it through childhood.  

 

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