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Rise in Hand Sanitizer Poisoning During Lockdown

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A study conducted at AIIMS highlights an alarming eight-fold increase in poisoning cases related to hand sanitizers during the lockdown. The reasons behind this rise and its implications are discussed in this article.

Mistakes leading to hand sanitizer poisoning in children are examined in the study. It emphasizes the importance of precautions, given that even a small amount of sanitizer can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Limitations of Hand Sanitizers in Killing Germs

Hand sanitizers have limitations in killing all types of germs. The study  discusses their effectiveness compared to soap and water, highlighting situations where hand sanitizers may fall short.

Proper Use of Hand Sanitizer

To use hand sanitizer effectively, specific guidelines must be followed. The study emphasizes on when and how to use hand sanitizers for optimal results, emphasizing the importance of alcohol content.

1. Choose the Right Hand Sanitizer

Opt for an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. Check the label to ensure it meets this requirement.

2. Supervise Younger Children

For younger children, especially those under six years old, it’s essential to supervise them while using hand sanitizer. Make sure they don’t ingest it or put their hands in their mouth immediately after applying it.

3. Dispense an Appropriate Amount

Squeeze a small amount of sanitizer onto the child’s palm. It should be enough to cover all surfaces of their hands.

4. Rub Hands Together

Instruct the child to rub their hands together vigorously, ensuring that the sanitizer covers all areas of their hands, including the fronts, backs, fingers, and under the nails. Encourage them to rub for at least 20 seconds, which is roughly the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

5. Pay Attention to Key Areas

Emphasize rubbing the fingertips, between the fingers, and the thumbs, as these areas are commonly missed but can harbor germs.

6. Wait for Dryness

Advise the child to continue rubbing their hands until the sanitizer completely dries. This step is essential because the drying process indicates that the sanitizer has had sufficient contact time to kill germs effectively.

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