The Importance of Handwashing

The Importance of Handwashing

School is here, which means students have a higher chance of contracting a wide range of illnesses.

Everyone knows that germs can cause illnesses. But did you also know that unwashed hands could transfer lots of GERMS and illnesses to your family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers.

One of the best ways to reduce the spread of germs and illnesses is by frequent handwashing. Once kids come in contact with germs, they can become infected by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. Once they are infected, it’s only a matter of time before the entire family comes down with the same illness.

Parents can help keep their families healthy by:

  • Teaching them good handwashing techniques. (Make sure to get in between the fingers!)
  • Reminding kids to wash their hands.
  • Washing their own hands with their kids.

The CDC recommend scrubbing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Don’t have a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. This is a great way to make handwashing fun for the family.

Children who have been taught handwashing at home bring that knowledge to school, which can help to spread this good habit to other students!

Source: cdc.gov/handwashing and kidshealth.org/en/parents/hand-washing.html

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