Hand sanitizers can be a godsend for parents with young children, especially when soap and water aren’t readily available. Unfortunately, it can end up doing more harm and good. Recently, a few consumers of this product have found that if ingested, it can have an intoxicating effect. This is because most hand sanitizers contain 62 percent alcohol, more than vodka which has 40 percent. The high levels of alcohol is needed to kill germs.

This product is often given to young children to use. Young children tend to put their hands in their mouth. When this happens, they end up drunk. In a few cases, the result has landed the children in an emergency room. One four-year-old girl took to licking her hands after applying sanitizer. Another eight-year-old girl licked several globs of the solution after being egged on by a friend at a health club, landing her in intensive care for two days. Doctors told the girl’s father if she had ingested isopropanol instead of the ethyl alcohol that Purell uses, she may have died.

This product is often given to young children to use. Young children tend to put their hands in their mouth. When this happens, they end up drunk. In a few cases, the result has landed the children in an emergency room. One four-year-old girl took to licking her hands after applying sanitizer. Another eight-year-old girl licked several globs of the solution after being egged on by a friend at a health club, landing her in intensive care for two days. Doctors told the girl’s father if she had ingested isopropanol instead of the ethyl alcohol that Purell uses, she may have died.Children are not the only ones at risk. One 49-year-old prison inmate is said to have suffered from intoxication as the result of ingesting the product. He exhibited odd behavior, was red-eyed, combative, and philosophical. The same occurred for a 43-year-old recovering alcoholic who was intrigued by the 62 percent alcohol ingredient.

This product is highly popular and can be found in public places as well as purchased for private use. In order to prevent any tragic effects of eating hand sanitizers, some companies have added a bitter flavor to stop children from eating it. However, others have added fruity scents that appeal to children. Like all flavors, a person usually has a taste for it.

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