In the study, data reported by poison centers among children aged 12 years during 2011 to 2014 were analysed, to study and characterise pediatric alcohol sanitiser exposures in the United States.
Hand sanitisers are of two kinds: alcohol hand sanitisers or a non-alcohol sanitiser. The study revealed that children aged 6-12 years formed the majority of intentional exposures to alcohol hand sanitisers. During 2011-2014, a total of 70,669 hand sanitiser exposures in children aged 12 years were reported, of which 65,293 were 92% alcohol exposures and 5,376 were 8% non-alcohol exposures.
As per this set of data, it was also concluded that among older children, exposures occur less frequently during the summer months.