Study: Hand sanitizer harming kids' eyes

By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

Hand sanitizer is helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but it's posing a danger to some little ones.

In public spaces, there are hand sanitizer stations everywhere to help encourage people to take a pump to avoid spreading the coronavirus, but a new study indicates those stations are harming kids' eyes.

Often when kids use the dispensers, the sanitizer squirts into their eyes and the alcohol in the sanitizer is damaging their eyes.

The problem is so widespread in France that the country has issued a national health alert.

Kids 4 and under are most at risk because sanitizer stations are often at their eye level.

Exposure to the chemical can cause minor irritation or more serious damage like ulcers on corneas and that can lead to blindness if left untreated.

The American Association of Poison Control reported over 17,000 cases of hand sanitizer exposure during the first half of 2020.

To avoid the problem keep dispensers away from children and always supervise the little ones when they are using it.

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