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Help teach your kids how to properly wash their hands by making it fun!

September 12, 2018

It may seem second nature to some, but many people are unaware of proper hand washing protocol and technique, especially young children. School aged children can be some of the biggest perpetrators when it comes to hand washing mistakes. Teaching your child how to wash their hands is no easy task, but it can help them avoid getting sick and spreading germs. You can make hand washing easier by making it more fun for you child!

HOW TO PROPERLY WASH YOUR HANDS:

  1. Wet your hands with warm water.
  2. Lather up with soap.
  3. Take the time to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Wrists too!
  4. Scrub your hands for 20 seconds.
  5. Rinse your hands well under warm, running water.
  6. Dry your hands using a clean towel.
 

WHEN SHOULD CHILDREN WASH THEIR HANDS?

There is never a bad time to take a moment and wash your hands, but below is a short list of opportune times for children to do so.

  • before eating and cooking
  • after using the bathroom
  • after touching animals
  • after blowing one's nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • after being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)
  • after getting home from school

HOW TO MAKE HAND WASHING FUN:

  • Sing along! “Happy Birthday,” or “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” are great options.
  • Make a chart! Every time a child properly washes their hands, they get a sticker. Once they’ve received a certain number of stickers, give them a small reward.
  • You love soaps, and kids love soaps, too! Make it a fun experience by getting children soap with their favorite cartoon on the front or have them pick out scents they like.

Don’t forget, if warm water and soap aren’t available, use hand sanitizer! Hand sanitizer is available in various sizes, container shapers and scents, too. Keep a small container of hand sanitizer in your purse or diaper bag for those unexpected moments. You can even put one in your child’s school backpack for safe keeping.

 All ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care centers offer free travel sized hand sanitizer and are open 363 days a year if your child does happen to become sick. Visit https://ccmdcenters.com/find-a-location.html to find a center near you.

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