Children Using Hand Sanitiser Reduce The Spread Of Infections

By October 10, 2018
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Researchers have found that children who use hand sanitiser compared to soap and water have less respiratory infections and needed less antibiotic prescriptions.

During the eight-month study period, the 911 students had 5,211 respiratory infections that led to 5,186 missed days of daycare The hand sanitizer group missed 3.25% of days of daycare followed by the soap and water group, which missed 3.9% of days. The group following its usual hand-washing routine missed 4.2% of days.

The authors also found that the soap-and-water group had a 21% higher risk of contracting a respiratory infection — runny noses, congestion, coughing and sore throat, for example — and a 31% higher risk of being prescribed antibiotics than those using hand sanitizer.

Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Dr Don Goldmann said: "I think that the main contribution of this research is its focus on really young children in daycare, build on previous literature to support the notion that you can reduce the spread of respiratory tract infections in really young kids if you use alcohol hand sanitizer."

Janet Haas, director of epidemiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, said the different techniques used by the participants are important."Hand-washing being a way to prevent infections is not new news anymore, for sure,” she said. We know a lot about the fact that it works. We are paying more attention now to the fact that it’s not just washing your hands but how you wash your hands.”

It's important that when scrubbing hands for at least 20 seconds when you wash — “Hum the ‘Happy Birthday’ song from beginning to end twice, after wetting hands with running water and applying soap. It suggests lathering the backs of hands, between fingers and under nails. A person should wash their hands before eating food and after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing.

For hand sanitizer, the CDC suggests applying the product to one hand and rubbing it all over surfaces of hands and fingers until they’re dry. The CDC notes that “hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy,”

However, regardless of all the benefits of hand sanitizer, it should be noted that safety needs to be considered when using it around young children.

Hand Sanitizer should be used under supervision because young children can put their hands in their mouth and possibly getting alcohol intoxication.

Reference:
"Study: Kids Who Use Hand Sanitizer Stay Healthier", CNN Wire, 08 October 2018

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:00