Hand hygiene is an important way to prevent the transmission of many types of bacteria and virus- including COVID 19. The HSE is reminding us all to clean hands regularly using soapy water or alcohol hand gel. Many of these hand gel products are in small easy to carry bottles of 50mls but it is important to remember that they contain high levels of alcohol so even these small bottles can pose a risk to children if they drink some of the liquid.
Young children should not be left unsupervised with these alcohol handgel products. If you are giving these handgels to older children, remind them to keep the bottles out of sight of younger siblings.
If children drink out of the bottles, contact us to discuss the risk of of poisoning.