(WYTV) - Young children inevitably have a lot of runny noses and sore throats, especially as the seasons change. But how they clean their hands could cut back on how often they miss school.
According to a new report, it's all thanks to hand sanitizer.
Researchers examined the "hand hygiene" of over 900 kids in daycare.
During the eight-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.
However, the CDC notes that "hand sanitizers aren't as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy."
The study was published Monday in the 'Journal Pediatrics.'