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  • I'm Rachelle Grossman with today's health news.

  • Is hand sanitizer toxic?

  • In the hands of a child, maybe so.

  • According to a recent analysis from the Georgia Poison Center, a rapidly increasing number

  • of US children are accidentally ingesting it.

  • The problem is that hand sanitizer typically contains between 45 and 95-percent alcohol.

  • By comparison, wine and beer contain only 12 and 5-percent.

  • CNN reports that since 2010, there's been a 400-percent increase in calls to poison

  • control related to kids under 12 ingesting hand sanitizer.

  • Experts say drinking even a small amounttwo or three squirtscan cause alcohol poisoning.

  • Signs of alcohol poisoning are confusion, vomiting, drowsiness and even death.

  • Doctors says there's an increasing need for parents and teachers to keep an eye out for

  • kids who may be at risk of ingesting hand sanitzer.

  • While younger kids may do so accidentally, older kids may try it deliberately.

I'm Rachelle Grossman with today's health news.

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