Hand sanitizer cuts back on kids’ sick days, study finds

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NEW YORK (WCMH) — Using hand sanitizer may keep young kids more healthy.

Researchers in Spain examined hand hygiene among young children in day care.

They studied more than 900 children up to age 3 at two dozen day care centers.

During the 8-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.

The study was published Monday in the journal pediatrics. 

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