Child eye injuries from sanitiser up 7-fold

Some children needed surgery after being sprayed in the face by alcohol-based products: study

French researchers are warning of a pint-sized COVID-19 fallout, with a seven-fold increase in ocular injuries due to hand sanitiser being accidentally squirted in children’s eyes.

A paediatric ophthalmology centre has also reported a steep rise in admissions due to alcohol-based hand sanitiser, including a number of children who needed surgery for severe lesions after exposure. 

“The paediatric specificity of this outbreak is most likely owing to the emplacement of the gel dispenser in the proximity of children