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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dangers of Hand Sanitizers

First we had "huffing", the intentional inhaling of paint or glue. Now this!...

The following situation involving alcohol poisoning actually occurred in 2007, but is making the rounds again. IF you have not read about the dangers of hand sanitizer and small children, it is good information to be aware of. Especially since we almost all have a bottle or two of hand sanitizer sitting around now to help prevent flu viruses from spreading...

The below article was verified at Truth or Fiction at:
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/h/hand-sanitizer.htm, And at Snopes at: http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/sanitizer.asp.

This is not a Joke! It should act as a Warning for all schools and parents of small children!


"Yesterday, my youngest daughter, Halle who is just 4 years old, was rushed to the ER by her father for being severely lethargic and incoherent in her classroom. My husband was called to her school by the school secretary who said that she was 'VERY, VERY SICK'!
He told me that when he arrived at her classroom, 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 closest ER, and then called me. When he got there, they ran blood tests and did x-rays, and ran every test imaginable. Her white blood cell count was normal. Nothing was picked up as being out of the ordinary.
When I arrived at the ER, the doctor there told us that they had done everything that they could do so they were transferring her to Saint Francis Hospital for further tests.
Right as we were leaving in the ambulance, our daughter’s teacher arrived at the ER and told us that after questioning Halle 's classmates, She had found out that our little girl had licked liquid hand sanitizer off of her hands!!!
Hand sanitizer, of all things. But it makes sense. These days they have all kinds of different scents and flavors 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' Hospital ER, 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 0.085% -- six hours after we first took her in... There's no telling what it would have been if a blood alcohol test would have been requested at the first ER. (A blood alcohol level of just 0.10% is considered legally drunk in most states.)
Since then, her school and a few surrounding schools have taken liquid hand sanitizers out of all the lower grade classes, but what's to stop middle and high schoolers from ingesting this stuff?
After doing research on the Internet, we found out that it only takes about 3 squirts of the stuff ingested to be fatal to a toddler.
For her blood alcohol level to be so high, it would be like someone her size drinking120 proof liquor.

Please forward this to your local schools and to all of your family and anyone you know that have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or cousins. It doesn't matter what age. This could affect any one of them.


Very Interesting. Heads up Prepper family members!

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