It’s cold and flu season and here’s a good tip for parents – frequent and proper hand washing is the cheapest and easiest way to keep your children from getting sick.
In a new video podcast from Akron Children’s Hospital, school nurse Lori Celik, RN, talks about the importance of hand washing and demonstrates proper washing techniques as she does in classrooms on a regular basis.
The most important times to wash hands are before handling food, after using the restroom, after handling money, after interacting with animals or someone who is sick, and when hands obviously look dirty.
In her “Hand Washing 101” presentation, Celik explains the functions of soap, friction (the action of hand washing), running water, and the proper position of the hands over the sink. She also discusses the pros and cons of hand sanitizers.
“You usually need about 20 seconds to wash your hands and that is about as long as it takes to sing the ABC song,” said Celik. “Now when you get to the letter Q, you have ten letters left (and ten fingers) and this should be your reminder to pay special attention to the nails and nail beds because a lot of germs collect around these areas.”
Celik also offers parents a fun learning opportunity to let kids see for themselves how well they are washing. Simply mix glitter with Vaseline and let kids spread a small amount on their hands as if it is hand lotion. Then they should wash their hands with soap and water. Looking for traces of glitter will let them know how well they did in their hand washing.
For a fun way to let kids see for themselves how well they are washing:
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