Regular and consistent hand washing is crucial to help prevent the spread of infection. Follow the steps below to teach kids how to perform a good hand wash:
- Moisten your child’s hands with warm, running water.
- Apply enough soap to your child’s hands to produce lather.
- Vigorously rub all hand surfaces together for a minimum of 20 seconds. Tip: Have your child sing two rounds of happy birthday so he or she knows how long 20 seconds last
- Rinse your child’s hands under warm, running water.
- Dry hands thoroughly using paper towels.
- Use a paper to turn off the faucet.
Key times to wash one’s hands include after blowing one’s nose, coughing or sneezing, after using the restroom, before eating or preparing food, after contact with animals or pets, and before and after providing routine care for another person.
Soap and water are not always available, but it’s important to prepare for times like these by keeping hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95 percent alcohol in your car, desk or purse. Spread thoroughly over your hands and rub until dry.
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