As parents, we know that cold and flu season is right around the corner and someone in the family is bound to catch it.
To help combat the season illness, it’s important we work with our children on proper hand washing techniques to keep the germs to a minimum. Teaching your child how to properly wash his or her hands will be the first way to protect them from the everyday viruses and bacteria he or she may encounter.
This is a time when you can work together to think of a hand washing song for your family, or you can simply sing your “A. B, C’s.” Ensure hand washing is done properly by thinking of a song that lasts at least twenty seconds. When our children have germs on their hands they will unknowingly touch their face, their friends and other surfaces, further spreading the germs. Remember that hand washing alone will not stop your child from catching a bug this season but it will help in preventing the length a cold or flu bug might stick around.
How can you help make sure your children are washing their hands correctly? Here’s the correct procedure. Teaching these steps is usually a “work in progress:”