Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hand sanitizer warning!!!

There is a reason that those bottles of hand sanitizer come with a warning label on it, one being: Do not get in eyes.

My little princess learned that lesson the hard way today at school when she went to use some. She pressed down on the bottle, (the kind with the pump), and it had dried and formed a "plug" inside the nozzle.

When the plug came loose, sanitizer shot out of the pump and into her face and eye. She got rushed down to the nurse's office and had her eye flushed with water for several minutes and a cold compress applied. Her eye was all blood-shot and teary eyed for several hours, but was able to remain at school.

She got off the bus with a cold compress over her eye, and her super-hero brother with his arm around her, keeping her safe while she exited the bus. (That moment alone melted my heart. It just goes to show you that no matter how bad siblings fight or bicker, when push comes to shove, they will always be there for each other.)

So this is what she looked like when she arrived home.


I put a call in to the pediatrician because I didn't like the fact that her eye was partially closed. They told me to watch her, but it was a good sign that the redness and tearing had stopped.

So just a warning to all the moms out there, if your child uses hand sanitizer in pump form, make sure the nozzle isn't plugged up before allowing your children to squirt some out.

(Oh and also, just so you know it has been several hours now, and her eye is gradually opening up more. Thank goodness!)


  1. well isn't that life. the stuff that is good for you can also take an eye out.

  2. My eyes watered just looking at the picture of her!

  3. Oh my goodness! Poor girl :( Ik now these are supposed to be so great for us and protect us from all the evil germs but they do have some real dangers. (like you don't know that right)! Anyway- I have also read that when we use these, they also kill all of the good bacteria "bugs" in our bellies that we really need to function properly and to fight off the bad stuff. So our kids and I take our daily probiotics to replenish all of the good guys :) Oour kids take their Bellyboost chewable from Vidazorb and I take their OPC age defense and we all love them!!

    Anyway - GAH! Can't believe how awful her eye looks but I am so glad she is getting better.


  4. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest :) Have a great weekend!

  5. Oh..poor thing. That does not look like it feels good :( I hope she is feeling much better today.

    Stopping by from SITS! Happy Saturday Sharefest!

  6. Good grief! Poor thing. Glad she's got a sweet older brother, too.

    I totally sprayed myself in the face with bug spray and let me tell you what- that mess stings.

    I also got BBQ sauce in my eye once, but that's a completely different story.

  7. Poor thing!! I love how her brother had his arm around her, melted my heart. It's so true, no matter how much they fight they will always be there for each other! :)

  8. You know there is not even any proof that it keeps germs least documented! I hope she is doing better. Glad I found your blog Stopping by from SITS.

  9. Thanks for this notice about the hand sanitizer and I'm glad your little girl is doing well! I don't use hand sanitizer because I read that if you use it alot, it can cause bacteria to eventually become immune to it, leading to a worse kind of infection. Stopped by from SITS and I'm your 21st follower! :)

  10. Same thing just happened to me. :/ it hurts!! But, i went to the bathroom and rinsed my eye out with warm water. :)


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