According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to the common cold. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to fight the cold and flu.
Teaching children proper hand hygiene techniques early on can ensure healthy, lifelong handwashing habits and reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses. Parents can play an important role in the health of their children and reinforce the messages that school nurses share every day by encouraging their kids to wash their hands at home and in school washrooms frequently and properly.
Donna Duberg, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University, authority on hygiene and disease prevention and a member of the Tork® Green Hygiene Council™ offers a few tips on hand hygiene for kids:
To prevent infection and cross-contamination, kids should wash their hands:
After handwashing and drying hands, kids should:
Here's a step-by-step guide to proper handwashing:
Hands are full of surfaces that can be difficult to reach, which means that kids tend to forget certain parts. Kids should spend as much time washing their hands as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice.
Studies show that 84 percent of people don’t properly wash their hands. Learn more about proper hand washing techniques and the importance of hand hygiene.
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