Children are not born with a fully developed immune system. Their immune system is weak and developing, making them vulnerable to a wide range of illnesses and infections. And, in order to combat this, hygiene is critical. One of the most important aspects of educating your child about hygiene is to explain why should wash his hands.
Importance of Handwashing
The necessity of hand washing for children can never be overstated; a child’s hands are the most exposed area of their body, interacting with more germs on an hourly basis than we breathe in a day. Some of the most deadly diseases and illnesses that can arise in children are caused by these small microorganisms. As a result, it is critical to develop lines of defense against these germs, with the first step being to teach children the necessity of washing their hands as well as the right technique of doing so.
Share how handwashing helps
Why is it necessary to wash your hands? Explain to your children that hand washing helps them avoid getting sick and infecting others. Nobody wants to get sick or make someone else sick. Hand washing can assist to reduce the frequency of these occurrences.
When to wash
Tell your child to wash their hands before doing the following:
● Touching their lips, eyes, or nose with their hands
● Touching or getting too close to a wound or scrape
● Using the restroom
● Playing with pets or other animals
● Touching pet food or treats
● Being on playground apparatus
● Being in close enough proximity to a sick individual
● Touching a dirty diaper
● Touching garbage
4 Steps to Getting Your Child Clean Their Hands
Instruct them with four simple methods to cleaning hands:
1. Wet your hands. Getting your hands wet in clean water is a good idea. Make suds using soap on your hands.
2. Rub. Rub, rub, rub… Rub your soapy hands together long enough to hear yourself sing “Happy Birthday” twice in your brain. Clean your palms, the backs of your hands, and the spaces between your fingers. Don’t forget to clean between your toes. Dirt and pathogens can be trapped by the nails.
3. Rinse. Place your hands under the tap or in a bowl of clean, running water. Rub them together to thoroughly rinse them.
4. Shake well and pat dry. Shake your hands a few times before patting them dry with a clean towel or hand dryer. Done!
Can’t get to the sink?
If your child is small, help them reach the sink by holding him or her. If your child is able to stand, use a safety step to help them reach the faucet.
If your child is too heavy to lift and no step is available, clean their hands with a damp and soapy paper towel. Rinse the soap from your hands with another clean, moist paper towel. Using a third clean paper towel, pat the hands dry. After assisting your child, wash your hands.
When to use hand sanitizer
When hands are clearly unclean or greasy, hand sanitizer does not help clean and remove the dirt. Soap and water are the ideal cleaning agents since they completely eliminate filth, oil, and bacteria. When you don’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer is a good substitute. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
Instruct your child to:
Squirt. Place a quarter-sized glob of hand sanitizer in the palm of their hand. Rub. Rub hands, front and back as well as between the fingers until they are dry. Done!
Set a good example. Make it a point to put words into action. Before eating or making a meal, after using the restroom, and after working or playing with your hands, wash your hands.
Be patient. It takes time for the child to develop the habit of properly handwashing. Make an effort to assist others when they require it.
Remember as often as necessary, encourage them to wash their hands. If dirt is visible, such as mud or finger paint, children will wash their hands. They will need to be reminded to wash away the invisible germs.
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