We are all trying to stay healthy during this cold and flu season. Hand washing is one of the very best ways to protect ourselves from germs!
- Use soap, warm water and scrub well.
- Remember to frequently wash the hands of even children that are too small to use the restroom independently.
- Encourage your child to sing “Happy Birthday,” “The ABC Song” or another favorite that is similar in length. This encourages your child to scrub a little longer before they rinse and dry.
- Pick up a children’s book like “Germs Make Me Sick” to help your child understand why hand washing is so important. Knowledge is often motivating for a lot of children. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/germs-make-me-sick-melvin-berger-melvin-hafner-marylin-ilt/1112330405?cm_mmc=googlepla-_-book-_-q000000633-_-9780812445435&cm_mmca2=pla&ean=9780812445435&isbn=9780812445435&r=1 Local libraries will have a few different books to choose from based on your child’s age and reading level.
The Mayo Clinic offers the following tips: Hand-washing: Do’s and don’ts- Hand-washing is an easy way to prevent infection. Understand when to wash your hands, how to properly use hand sanitizer and how to get your children into the habit.http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hand-washing/HQ00407
From Kandoo: Here are some ways to motivate your child to start washing those hands — without you even asking. http://www.pamperskandoo.com/Tips-and-Tools/Hand-Washing-Time/Helpful-Tips-For-Hand-Washing.aspx