CDC: 65k calls to poison control over hand sanitizer

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Heads up parents. The CDC has some numbers you need to know related to hand sanitizer.

New numbers from the CDC indicate between 2011 and 2014 there were more than 65,000 calls to poison control centers because children 12 and under were exposed to alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

The CDC report indicates nearly 97 percent of children under the age of 5 ingested sanitizer.

Ingestion can cause serious health effects, including alcohol poisoning.

Experts say hand sanitizer should be kept out of reach, and if you use it, only use dime-sized amounts. Children should rub their hands together until completely dry.

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