CDC Warns: Your Children Should Not Drink Hand Sanitizers

A new warning has emerged from the government nanny agency known as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cautioning parents about the dangers of drinking hand sanitizers.

While this warning seems like a "no-brainer," the CDC offers some startling numbers.

The caution comes with a new CDC report released March 3 that found 70,669 cases of children younger than 12 exposed to sanitizer poisoning from 2011 to 2014.

About 90 percent of those exposures happened among children younger than five, and most of them drank hand sanitizers made with alcohol.

“The majority of intentional exposures to alcohol hand sanitizers occurred in children aged 6-12 years,” the CDC report said. “Alcohol hand sanitizer exposures were associated with worse outcomes than were non-alcohol hand sanitizer exposures.”

"Very few" of the cases reported by poison treatment centers were considered serious.