Lifewatch: Hand Sanitizer

BOSTON -- If you are a parent, you have probably seen the chain reaction that happens when just one student at school becomes ill and passes it on to others in the class.

But now, research published in the journal, Pediatrics, shows that kids missed fewer days of school if they had hand sanitizer available and administrators disinfected desktops regularly.

The Children's Hospital in Boston studied children from Avon, Ohio for eight weeks.

Everyday, the school disinfected desktops, and children used hand sanitizer before and after lunch.

Researchers saw a 9 percent decrease of gastro-intestinal diseases.

According to doctors, avoiding common infectious sickness is simple.

They suggest elementary schools disinfect the classrooms and have children wash their hands.

Reported by Kristy Ondo