The dangers of Hand Sanitiser for Children

With many households and schools using hand sanitiser as part of their daily routines, it’s important to remember these products should be treated with extra caution around children. 

Most alcohol-based sanitisers contain upwards of 60 percent alcohol content, meaning just a couple of mouthfuls can be enough to poison a child.

Poison centres across Australia have seen an increase in adverse reports involving these products. Given these products are packaged in a range of container types, including plastic bottles with pop-top lids, there is greater potential for them to be mistaken for food or drink.

Alcohol-based Hand sanitiser is a highly flammable product, it should be kept away from any type of open flame.

Worrying news about alcohol-based hand sanitiser:

Child hospitalised after sanitising, then licking hands at WA school

The young student became unwell in class last Monday after licking their hands once they had used the hand sanitiser provided to help stop the spread of coronavirus…

read the WAtoday article

Urgent safety warning after child hospitalised with acute intoxication from hand sanitiser

A child has suffered acute intoxication after ingesting hand sanitiser in Western Australia…

read the 9News article

Children Are Consuming Hand Sanitiser

During the pandemic, there was a dramatic increase in exposures to hand sanitizer reported among kids under 6…

read the New York Times article

Tips for safe use of hand santiser:

  • Preferably use alcohol-free hand sanitiser.
  • Look for hand sanitiser that has child-resistant packaging or other closures that make it difficult for children to access the product independently.
  • Keep hand sanitiser out of reach of children at all times.
  • Children should only apply hand sanitiser under adult supervision.
  • Hand sanitiser is for external use only.
  • If ingested, you should seek medical attention immediately.
  • Keep hand sanitiser away from any open flame.
  • Stop using hand sanitiser if it causes skin irritation.
  • If ingestion is suspected, call the Poisons Information Centre immediately on 13 11 26 (24 hours a day) to seek urgent medical advice.


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