Doctors sound alarm on hand sanitizers

THE BRONX - 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.

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