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VERY IMPORTANT - Hand Sanitizer Warning!

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 12:39 PM
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This
story was verified
at:
http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/sanitizer.asp


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 school kids 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
.

 

by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 12:39 PM
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BaileynMe
by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 12:45 PM

I read this to my husband, and both our eyes just got wider and wider. It's totally believable, to me, considering it's made of alcohol. Thanks for the post. Just another reminder to help keep DD safe! 

superexcitedmom
by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 12:48 PM

 yea this really makes me want to stop using it all together.. ill get some wipes to keep hands clean when there isnt soap and water! thanks!!

                       
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squidsmommy
by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Reitterates that parents should supervise their children. We have hand sanitizer and my daughter isn't allowed to use it without me or her father right there with her and we make sure she rubs it all in. Common sense goes a long way.

jenC1978
by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Good old soap and warm water work best anyway!

youngmom33
by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 2:10 PM

I got this story a long time ago and I heard it was a crock. I 'll have to do some checking but I don't think it is real.  

alexsmomaubrys2
by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 2:13 PM


Quoting youngmom33:

I got this story a long time ago and I heard it was a crock. I 'll have to do some checking but I don't think it is real.  

Snopes.com = True. It would depend on the size of the bottle. We rarely ever use this stuff, it isn't as good as soap and water and kills bacteria but not virus's so it's no good with the H1N1 virus.

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ashli488
by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 2:14 PM

yea my 4yo sister is in love with hand sanitizer and constantly would use it, after using alot of it she would get rowdy and hyper as if she was drunk. my mom check the back on the ingredient list and it says about alcohol being in it. we stopped her from using it and at bath and body works they have a kid friendly kind that has no alcohol. but she now uses it but she soesnt use it as much as she did...but yea its true. there is alcohol in it. so dont give alot to your kids. It is absorbed through the skin as well as kids licking it off their hands and my sister never licked off her hands but with the amount she was using it was absorbed through her skin and caused her to get like that.  

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by Head Admin on Nov. 9, 2009 at 2:17 PM

 

Quoting squidsmommy:

Reitterates that parents should supervise their children. We have hand sanitizer and my daughter isn't allowed to use it without me or her father right there with her and we make sure she rubs it all in. Common sense goes a long way.


They have hand sanitizer dispensers at my kids' school and the school encourages all kids to use it before they eat lunch. 

I'm always concerned that the hand sanitizer is going to come off of their hands and onto the food that they're eating.  They must be eating that stuff - all of the kids that use it must be eating it - unless they use a fork to eat their lunch...

I wish the school would encourage the kids to just wash their hands instead but, I guess there aren't enough sinks to accomodate that many kids at once.  I've been trying to encourage my kids to wash their hands rather than use the sanitizer.  Maybe the little bit that comes off of their hands and onto their food isn't enough to make them sick but it can't be good for them...

 

 

 




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canthaveboys1
by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 2:17 PM

This happened at my daughters preschool last year, in her class! Not the same name but age yes. The teacher left the big bottle out on the desk, and the little girl ate it.  

BrandonsMom1000
by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 2:19 PM

That is scary.  I know that they make Germ X wipes, instead of having to use the gel.

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