Encouraging Hand Washing to Help Kids Stay Healthy

Germs are everywhere. Most of them are harmless and some are actually good for us. However, it’s true that viruses and bacteria can be harmful, from viruses that cause the common cold and flu to bacterial food poisoning.

Keep germs away with handwashing

Hand washing is proven to be one of the best ways to prevent illness and the spread of disease. In fact, encouraging good hand washing practices has been shown to decrease the number of days children take off school due to illness.

Hand washing works by cleansing the skin of pathogens including bacteria and viruses. In everyday life, it prevents infection and illness from spreading between family members and to a larger extent, through a whole community.

Always wash hands:

  • before preparing food
  • after handling uncooked meat and poultry
  • before eating
  • after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
  • after using the bathroom
  • after caring for anyone else who is unwell
  • after touching animals or anything in an animal's environment.

Using hand sanitisers to keep hands clean

If soap and water is not available, another option to reduce harmful germs on your hands is to use waterless ‘fast-acting’ hand sanitisers. Alcohol-based sanitisers act quickly and effectively to kill most types of bacteria and germs on skin, especially if your hands are not dirty or greasy.

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