As kids are going back to School, hand hygiene is of utmost importance. Here is how parents can train them.
Washing hands is one of the most basic things one can do to prevent disease, yet it is often ignored. But COVID-19 has now taught the world the importance of practising proper hand hygiene. Almost everyone is now familiar with the steps of hand washing including the correct soaping techniques. Since hands are the most-used part of our body, keeping them clean can protect young children from transfer of germs and getting contagious infections. Now that schools are slowly reopening and kids are exposed, it is essential to teach children how to maintain hand hygiene from a young age. In this article, Dr. Nitin M, Consultant - Paediatrician & Neonatologist at Motherhood Hospitals, Electronic City, Bangalore is explaining how parents can teach hand hygiene basics to their kids.
Let us understand the benefits of washing hands with soap!
Follow these steps to keep your hands clean:
Step 1: Wet your hands with running water (warm or cold). Remember to turn off the faucet so that you don’t waste water!
Step 2: Apply soap to your hands and scrub until good lather forms. Regular soaps are fine. Healthcare professionals should use antibacterial soap.
Step 3: Rub your soapy hands together for at least 20 seconds. (Play a short song as timer!) Don’t forget to clean back of your nails, space between fingers and also under your nails!
Step 4: Rinse your hands with clean running water to wash away the dirt.
Step 5: Dry your wet hands with a clean towel or hand dryer.
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Ideally wash frequently, practically may not be possible though! Handwashing after using the washroom, before eating, after touching pets or any dirty objects, after playing outside, and importantly after touching ill humans, after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose.
Washing hands is the best way to get rid of all germs, as sanitizers cannot remove them all, not effective when hand is visibly dirt, and also cant remove chemicals. If soap and water is not available you can use alcohol based hand sanitizer, it should contain at least 60% alcohol.
Parents should teach their young children the proper technique to handle soap and wash hands on their own. Make it a habit!
Not washing hands properly with soap might not seem like a huge problem, but as we have learnt the hard way, it can lead to more severe health concerns. Therefore, it is crucial to have your child develop a habit of following good hygiene. Activities such as hand-washing, showering, brushing teeth, and combing hair can make them feel more confident and healthy.
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