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6 on Health: Kids ingesting colorful hand sanitizers

Every year, poison control centers across the U.S. take thousands of calls about children ingesting hand sanitizer.

Many hand sanitizers come in brightly colored bottles and smell like food or candy, which can be tempting for young children.

Between 2011 and 2014, there were more than 65,000 calls to poison control centers because children under the age of 12 were exposed to alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Nearly 97 percent of the children under age 5 who were exposed to alcohol-based hand sanitizers ingested them.

Hand sanitizers can contain up to 95-percent ethyl alcohol, and ingesting can cause serious serious health effects like alcohol poisoning.

This 6 on Healh segment is sponsored by Beaumont Emergency Center.

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