Kids Who Use Hand Sanitizer Miss Fewer Days of Day Care

Hand sanitizer cut back on young children’s sick days more than washing study says	 	 	 			Getty Images

During the eight-month study period, they found that children who used hand sanitizer instead of washing with soap and water reduced their sick days, respiratory infections and antibiotic prescriptions. Using hand sanitizer could be more effective than soap and water to tackle this, according to a new study. Kids were broken into three groups, one that used hand sanitizer, one that used soap and water, and one that just continued using their own hand washing routines. 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.

A new study claims that hand sanitizer has the upper "hand" over regular hand-washing.

"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".

Janet Haas, director of epidemiology at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY, said the different techniques used by the participants are important.

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

One factor the study did not account for was technique.

For hand sanitizer, the CDC suggests applying product to one hand and rubbing it all over surfaces of hands and fingers until they're dry.

"There are studies in which researchers assess the impact of hand hygiene programs on infectious disease transmission reduction in schools and households", the research team, led by Dr. Ernestina Azor-Martinez, wrote. The CDC also noted that sanitizer is not as effective as soap and water were when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

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