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Hand Washing for Kids – A Childs Guide to Hand Hygiene

on June 22, 2012

“Mummy, let me do it!” If this one’s at the top of your child’s list of favourite phrases, you’re in good company. Toddlers and preschoolers often want to do everything themselves: turn on your computer, answer the phone, feed the dog, pick out their outfits… But when it comes to personal hygiene,you still need to be heavily involved in her cleanliness to be sure she gets the job done right.

Raising awareness about hand washing to help reduce the spread of germs is extremely important. The sooner children get into the habit of washing their hands regularly, the better.

It is widely known, 80% of infectious diseases are spread through touch. That’s why Hand-Washing is the best way for kids to keep healthy.

1 .Help your child develop a good hand-washing habit.
Help him understand that bacteria are invisible, so even though our hands don’t look dirty, they are dirty. You can play some videos or use a microscope to show to them.

2 . Wash well and frequently
Soap up back of hands, wrists and fingers and under nails for at least 20 seconds. Soap helps to remove germs but cannot kill the germs.

3. Supervise to form a good habit
Stand over little ones as often as you can until they learn to wash their hands properly.


 Tell your child when to wash his/her hands

  • Before touching any food or eating
  • After using the bathroom
  • After handling animals or animal wastes

Teach them-How to wash hands properly-

  • Wet your hands with clean water
  • Apply soap
  • Rub your hands together vigorously and scrub all surfaces
  • Scrub for 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice)
  • Rinse with clean water
  • Dry hands briskly


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