Kids don’t always listen when parents tell them to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom, or when they come inside from playing – especially in the ball pits that we’ve all heard so much about. But it’s a message worth repeating — hand washing is by far the best way to keep kids from getting sick and prevent the spread of germs.
Germs spread in many ways, including through touching dirty hands.
They can spread by:
- touching dirty hands
- changing dirty diapers
- through contaminated water and food
- through droplets in the air released during a cough or sneeze
- on contaminated surfaces
- through contact with a sick person’s body fluids
When kids come into contact with germs, they can become infected just by touching their eyes (think Pink Eye!), nose, or mouth. And once they’re infected, it’s usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness.
What is the best way for kids to wash their hands? Each this to your kids — or better yet, wash your hands together often so they learn how important this good habit is:
- Wash your hands in warm water. Make sure the water isn’t too hot for little hands.
- Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds (antibacterial soap isn’t necessary — any soap will do).
- Make sure you get in between the fingers and under the nails where germs like to hang out. And don’t forget the wrists!
- Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.
Wash and wash always! It’ll help stop the spread of germs.Tags: decrease disease, grems, Hand washing, kids hand wash, soap, spread disease, wash hands