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.
- 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.
- 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!)
- You can also read books about germs and washing hands.
- 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.