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Hand washing, when done correctly, is Type of Soap Finally, children learn by example! Let
the single most effective way to prevent Any type of soap may be used. However, them observe good hand washing
the spread of communicable diseases. bar soap should be kept in a self draining technique from the adults who care for
Good hand washing technique is easy holder that is cleaned thoroughly before them.
to learn and can significantly reduce the new bars are put out, and liquid soap
spread of infectious diseases among containers should be used until empty Tip: have your children sing the
both children and adults. and cleaned before refilling. “Happy Birthday” song twice while
Good Hand Washing Technique washing.
There is more to hand washing than you To prevent chapping use a mild soap
think! By rubbing your hands vigorously with warm water; pat rather than rub
with soapy water, you pull the dirt and hands dry; and apply lotion liberally
the oily soils free from your skin. The and frequently.
soap lather suspends both the dirt and
What To Avoid
germs trapped inside and are then
quickly washed away. •DON’T use a single damp cloth to
wash a group of children’s hands.
•DON’T use a standing basin of water Over-the-Counter Alcohol Gels
to rinse hands. These products, which can be found
wherever soap is sold, are very effective
•DON’T use a common hand towel.
at killing germs on the hands as long as
Always use disposable towels in day
your hands are not visibly dirty. They
care or food preparation settings.
should be used when soap and water
•DON’T use sponges or non-disposable are not readily available.
Keeping Hands Clean cleaning cloths unless you launder them
To use correctly, apply about a
1.Wet your hands with warm running on a regular basis, adding chlorine
teaspoonful of the alcohol gel on the
water. bleach to the wash water. Remember
palm of one hand. Then rub all over both
that germs thrive on moist surfaces!
2. Add soap, then rub your hands hands, making sure you rub the front,
together, making a soapy lather. Do this How to Help Children back, and fingernail areas of both hands.
away from the running water for at least It is important to encourage and help Let the alcohol dry, which should take
15 seconds, being careful not to wash children to wash hands before eating, about 30 seconds.
the lather away. Wash the front and after playing outdoors or playing with If your hands look dirty but you have no
back of your hands, as well as between pets, after using the bathroom, and after other way to wash your hands, use the
your fingers and under your nails. blowing their noses. Even though hands gel but wash with soap and water as
may appear to be clean, they may carry soon as you can.
3. Rinse your hands well under warm germs or microorganisms that are
running water. Let the water run back capable of causing disease. Master’s Level Clinicians are
into the sink, not down to your elbows.
Don’t assume that children know how to available 24 hours a day, seven
4. Dry hands thoroughly with a clean wash their hands properly. Supervision, days a week, to speak with you
towel. Then turn off the water with a especially in a day care setting, is an about any issues you may be
clean paper towel and dispose in a essential element in forming good hand experiencing. Call us today!
proper receptacle. washing habits in children.
Information Gathered from: http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/factsheets/Handwashing.htm
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