Monday, June 18, 2007

Unbelievable!!, but true!!!

Subject: hand sanitizer

Those of you with small grandchildren/children....etc please take the time to read this. Such an innocent thing and so dangerous.

Ok. I don't know where to begin because the last 2 days of my life have been such a blur. Yesterday, My youngest daughter Halle who is 4, was rushed to the emergency room by her father for being severely lethargic and incoherent. He was called to her school by the school secretary for being "very VERY sick." He told me that when he arrived that Halle was barely sitting in the chair. She couldn't hold her own head up and when he looked into her eyes, she couldn't focus them. He immediately called me after he scooped her up and rushed her to the ER.

When we got there, they ran blood test after blood test and did x-rays, every test imaginable. Her white blood cell count was normal, nothing was out of the ordinary. The ER doctor told us that he had done everything that he could do so he was sending her to Saint Francis for further test. Right when we were leaving in the ambulance, her teacher had come to the ER and after questioning Halle's classmates, we found out that she had licked hand sanitizer off her hand. Hand sanitizer, of all things. But it makes sense.

These days they have all kinds of different scents and when you a curious child, they are going to put all kinds of things in their mouths. When we arrived at Saint Francis, we told the ER doctor there to check her blood alcohol level, which, yes we did get weird looks from it but they did it. The results were her blood alcohol level was 85% and this was 6 hours after we first took her. There's no telling what it would have been if we would have tested it at the first ER. Since then, her school and a few surrounding schools have taken this out of the classrooms of all the lower grade classes but what's to stop middle and high schoolers too? After doing research off the internet, we have found out that it only takes 3 squirts of the stuff to be fatal in a toddler. For her blood alcohol level to be so high was to compare someone her size to drinking something 120 proof. So please PLEASE don't disregard this because I don't ever want anyone to go thru what my family and I have gone thru. Today was a little better but not much.

Please send this to everyone you know that has children or are having children. It doesn't matter what age. I just want people to know the dangers of this.

Thank you,

Lacey Butler and family

Kim Owen ;-)
posted by Summer at 10:50 PM, |


Yes, that is scary. I used to use hand sanitizers after I washed my hands when I was doing personal care at the care home. I used it ALL the time till my hands started getting dried out and having pussy little bumps. So I haven't used it sence.
Scary...thanks for sharing your story with us so we can let others know about the danger.
I got this same email & it is rather scary!
Wow, that is so awful! We use just normal soap, I don't even have this things like this in my cleaning supplies. Not really necessary in a private household.

But it is good to know how such a small amount can affect the health of small children...
I read that last week and couldn't believe it. I put hand sanitizer on both of my kids hands all the time when were out and there's nowhere to wash. It's especially scary that i put it on hailey, shes only 11 months and puts her hands in her mouth all the time.
I wont be doing that anymore!
I say, always consider the source.