Hand Sanitizer Better Than Soap For Reducing Kids’ Sick Days

Desiree Burns
October 11, 2018

The first group used hand sanitizer, the second group used soap and water, while the third group (serving as a control group) simply followed the day care center's usual hand-washing procedures, which was much less strict than the other two. The hand sanitizer group missed the least number of days (3.25 percent) while the control group missed the most number of days (4.2 percent).

Instead of heading to the sink to wash their hands, your kids might be better off reaching for a bottle of hand sanitizer.

"However, there are few recent studies that reveal their effectiveness in day care centers, specifically, those in which researchers examine hand hygiene health education importance for day care staff and parents to reduce infection transmission in day care centers".

By the end of the study period, respiratory infections had been the cause of 5,186 missed days at the day care centers.

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Respiratory infections have particularly serious risks to children younger than five, and the prevalence of these illnesses among children attending day care centers makes them a "major public health problem".

Goldmann, who was not involved in the new research, said the study lacked details about steps taken to implement the program, both in day care centers and in homes. Haas, president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, was not involved in the study.

As we know, children of this age group are likely to spread germs when they deal with runny noses, sore throats, and coughing.

In addition, "hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy", the CDC notes. Little ones also require supervision when using the alcohol-based product, lest they get it in their mouths. Eek!

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