What is Proper Hand Washing?

Hand washing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine

Germs are almost impossible to see. This makes washing your hands extremely important so germs are not being spread.

You should be sure to wash your hands:

  • When hands are dirty.
  • Before, during, and after your prepare food.
  • Before you eat.
  • After you use the bathroom.
  • After you change a diaper.
  • After handling animals.
  • After taking out the trash.
  • After blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.
  • Before and after treating a wound.
  • When caring for someone who is sick.

How to Teach Children to Wash His/Her Hands

    To show a child the importance of hand washing there are many activities available.

  1. Have the child draw pictures of what they think germs look like and have them tape one of the pictures on everything the child touches for around 30 minutes.
  2. Sing songs to make hand washing fun. For example, this song goes to the rhythm of row your boat: Wash, wash, wash my hands / Make them nice and clean. Rub the bottoms, and the tops / And fingers in between. (This is even a reminder for what to do!)
  3. You can also read books about germs and washing hands.
  4. Being a good example and washing your hands when you should is very good for children to see. Children often mimic the adults in their life.