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Fact checked it and found it to be true:
http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/sanitizer.asp

This is not a Joke!

Warning for all parents/grandparents, a friend sent this to me and I thought it was important enough to send on.....we all know someone with children --Yesterday, my youngest daughter, Halle who is just 4 years old, was rushed to the ER by her father for being severely lethargic and incoherent in her classroom. He was called to her school by the school secretary who said that she was 'VERY VERY SICK ' !

He told me that when he arrived at her classroom, Halle was barely sitting in the chair. She couldn't hold her own head up and when he looked into her eyes, she couldn't focus them..

He immediately scooped her up and rushed her to the closest ER, and then called me. When he got there, they ran blood test after blood test and did x-rays, every test imaginable. Her white blood cell count was normal, nothing was out of the ordinary. When I arrived at the ER, the doctor there told us that he had done everything that he could do so he was transferring her to Saint Francis Hospital for further tests.

Right as we were leaving in the ambulance, her teacher arrived at the ER and told us that after questioning Halle 's classmates, She had found out that ou r little girl had licked liquid hand sanitizer off of her hands !!!
Hand sanitizer, of all things. But it makes sense.These days they have all kinds of different scents and flavors and when you have a curious child, they are going to put all kinds of things into their mouths.

When we arrived at the Saint Francis' Hospital ER, we told the ER Doctor there to check her blood alcohol level, and yes we did get weird looks, but they did it. The results showed her blood alcohol level was 85%
-- six hours after we first took her. There's no telling what it would have been if we would have requested it at the first ER.

Since then, her school and a few surrounding school s have taken the liquid hand sanitizers out of all the lower grade classes, but what's to stop middle and high schoolers from ingesting this stuff?

After doing research on the Internet, we found out that it only takes about 3 squirts of the stuff ingested to be fatal to a toddler.

For her blood alcohol level to be so high, it would be like someone her size drinking120 proof liquor. So PLEASE PLEASE don't disregard this because we don't ever want another family to go through what ours has gone through.

Please send this to everyone you know who has children or are planning to have children. It doesn't matter what age. This could affect anyone of them .

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Re: Warning - Hand Sanitizers and children - Some may know ...

Incredible!!! Thanks for posting this candyhart, schools are so big on this, at the beginning of every school year, one of the requirements is for each child (at my son's school anyway) to bring in a hand sanitizer....scary!!

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Re: Warning - Hand Sanitizers and children - Some may know ...
WOW! Surprise I'm so glad my daughter's past the age to put everything in her mouth or else I'd be a nervous wreck... they put that stuff everywhere nowadays, the zoo, the grocery store, pet stores etc...


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Re: Warning - Hand Sanitizers and children - Some may know ...

I heard about this a few years back and yes scary. I know when this first came out our local elementary schools changed over from the alcohol gel to the antibacterial wipes. Yes they still have some alcohol but less likely for a child to ingest it. Face it kids will put anything in their mouths.

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Re: Warning - Hand Sanitizers and children - Some may know ...

I was told of this happening when I began working with students who were severely medically fragile. As adults we were constantly washing and using this. As a standby we used to put it on some of our kids hands when we weren't able to wash their hands right away. Once we were aware of the side effects we decided it was worth the time to wash hands a few more times a day. Plus it helps children work on appropriate hand washing skills. Hand sanitizer really should just be for emergencies anyway.

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Re: Warning - Hand Sanitizers and children - Some may know ...
My first thought was of all of the hand sanitizer dispensers at my old job, PetSmart. They aren't that high off of the ground... I wonder if any accidents have already happened with those. You just don't think about that stuff. Well, I'm sure all of you parents do, but I don't. Good thing this is circulating.
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Re: Warning - Hand Sanitizers and children - Some may know ...
Wow, I never really took the time out to think about that....I know that my friend uses hand sanitizer all the time on her toddler and her child is always sick. Maybe this could be a leading factor.
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Re: Warning - Hand Sanitizers and children - Some may know ...

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/medical/a/hand_sanitizer.htm

(it's not an urban legend... apparently it is very true...just thought i'd paste the link that has the back-story)

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