Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Kids who use hand sanitizer stay healthier

Hand sanitizer cuts back on young children’s sick days more than washing study finds Researchers examined more than 900 children over an eight-month period to complete their study
Celia Hoffman | 10 October, 2018, 22:28

In addition, "hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy", the CDC notes.

Researchers in Spain studied more than 900 children over an 8-month period and found those who used hand sanitizer had fewer sick days than those who washed their hands with soap and water.

Children in the hand sanitizer group had 23 percent fewer respiratory infections - as defined by the presence of symptoms like coughing, sneezing, congestion, and sore throat - compared with kids in the third group.

All three groups attended hand hygiene workshops before the study began.

Next, the team looked at the number of missed days of daycare in each group. The hand sanitizer group missed 3.25% of days of day care, followed by the soap and water group, which missed 3.9% of days.

Instead of heading to the sink to wash their hands, your kids might be better off reaching for a bottle of hand sanitizer. "We know a lot about the fact that it works".

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In an interview with CNN, Janet Haas, director of epidemiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY, said that although the study was conducted in Spain, its findings are applicable in other locations.

One factor the study did not account for was technique.

"Hand-washing being a way to prevent infections is not new news anymore, for sure", she said. When using hand sanitizer, one must rub the product all over their hands until they are dry.

One report published earlier this year suggested 97 percent of Americans do not wash their hands in this way, so it may be worth examining in future studies.

For those reasons, it seems like there's a time and a place for sanitizers and soap-and-water washing.

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