Personal hygiene begins and ends with our hands. Though we’re taught as youngsters to wash them before dinner, it’s important to remember that germs don’t care what time of day it is, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Handwashing Awareness Week provides a great reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs and the coronavirus is also one of the simplest. Let’s examine some handy tips and tricks to keep both your and those around you healthy.
Parents and caregivers play an important role in teaching children how to be hygienic at a young age. Make hand washing and hand sanitizing a family activity.
Teach kids when hand washing is necessary and the five easy steps to do so. There are ways to make it fun, like making up your own hand washing song or by turning it into a game. The more creative, the better chance your child will make it a habit!
When forming this routine, be sure to:
- Give frequent reminders
- Lead by example by washing your own hands
For more information on hand washing, please visit cdc.gov.
For more hygiene tips and tricks, keep updated on uicsl.org.