Importance of Washing Hands
Why Is Washing Hands So Important?
This is worth telling your children repeatedly. Washing hands is one the best ways to help children stay away from germs, and getting sick.
How do you wash hands properly?
Here’s how to scrub those germs away. Teach this to your kids — or better yet, wash your hands together often so they learn how important this good habit is:
- Wash hands with your children and teach them how to wash hands properly with these steps below:
- Place your hands under running water. Make sure the water is at a temperature that your child can handle (not too hot or cold).
- Take some soap (liquid or bar soap) and lather it up for about 20 seconds.
- Make sure your get the soap between all parts of the hands, fingers, palm, back of the hands, wrists, and under the nails (this is where germs love to creep in).
- Now, rinse your hands with water until the soap has gone completely
- Dry your hands with a clean towel
When Should You Wash Your Hands?
Washing hands must be a regular part of your child’s life to prevent germs from spreading. These are some of the times when you should wash your hands:
- Before cooking and eating
- After using the bathroom
- After cleaning the house
- After gardening
- After touching animals
- After visiting sick family members or friends
- After visiting the doctor’s office
- After sneezing or coughing or wiping up a cold
Hand washing can prevent common colds and more serious infections like bronchitis, flu, meningitis and diarrhea.
How Do Germs Spread around?
Germs can spread around in many ways:
- By touching dirty hands
- changing dirty baby diapers
- through dirty water and food
- By droplets in the air freed during a cough or sneeze
- on dirty surfaces
- By coming in contact with sick people and their fluids
When children come in contact with germs, they often touch their eyes, nose or mouth. This is when they become infected. It takes a very short time for the child to become sick and the rest of the family can fall sick soon after that.
Encourage your child to wash their hands often and save a trip to the doctor’s office!