Hand sanitiser poses deadly threat to kids
EMERGENCY doctors are warning about the dangers of hand sanitisers after a toddler became severely intoxicated and almost died from accidentally drinking a small amount from a bottle.
The girl had a lethal amount of alcohol in her system – more than five times the legal alcohol limit – when she arrived at the hospital.
The Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital Dr Michael Barrett said the three year old, who came to the emergency department last September, was so unwell that she had to be placed in a coma to recover. Despite being under constant supervision, the toddler consumed an estimated 55ml of hand sanitiser.
Parents and carers are urged to place them out of reach of children. Ingesting only a small amount can cause severe ethanol toxicity in a child.