Doctors sound alarm on hand sanitizers

Hand sanitizers promise to fight germs, but a growing number of doctors have recently been warning parents that using the sanitizers the wrong way can

BROOKLYN - Hand sanitizers promise to fight germs, but a growing number of doctors have recently been warning parents that using the sanitizers the wrong way can be dangerous to children.

Dr. David Fagan, a pediatrician, says hand sanitizers pose a risk because they contain about 60 percent of ethyl alcohol, the ingestion of which can leave children feeling dizzy.

"In 2005, the New York Poison Center had about 150 calls," he says. "In 2009, it was closer to 400."

Dr. Fagan says children under the age of 2 should not be allowed to use sanitizers at all. Kids who are older must be taught how to use the liquid properly.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12's Dan Serafin visited Lincoln High School 1 Lincoln H.S. alumnus plays in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tourney
VIDEO: Brooklyn artist pays tribute to slain EMT 2 VIDEO: Brooklyn artist pays tribute to slain EMT
The Harlem Globtrotters paid a visit to children 3 Harlem Globetrotters visit children at Brooklyn Hospital
Dozens of people were arrested across the borough 4 Dozens arrested in 'Operation Hardball' drug takedown
The Center for Disease Control has a few 5 12 on Health: CDC offers healthy travel tips

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE