Every day the boys come home from preschool, I’m praying that we have been spared the sickies. I feel like if you even say a word about sickness it seems to appear right after, so in my house we try to not wake the sleeping giant!
However it’s inevitable that we will get those kiddie germs, and the boys will come home sick with a runny nose or a fever. We try to do our best to teach our boys about germs and about the importance of washing your hands.
Consider this: 65% of U.S. parents of children ages 5 and under don’t always wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, according to a new survey by Wakefield Research for the American Cleaning Institute. Any less than that and you could be leaving gross flu germs behind and spreading them to others.
And learning hand hygiene begins long before children can read and write. ACI offers parents five Finger Tips to help prevent their young ones from getting sick, spreading illness and missing school.
- Set a good example by washing your own hands often and properly.
- Teach kids to soap up for at least 20 seconds, rinsing and drying completely.
- Explain to kids the reasons they should wash up, to keep from getting sick and spreading germs.
- Tell kids when to wash, such as after using the bathroom, while cooking and after touching animals, blowing your nose, coughing and sneezing.
- Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers or gels or antibacterial wipes on hand for when soap and water are unavailable.
I know it’s hard to have your kids wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, as my children want to finish to get to their next activity. But if it can prevent having them sick in bed, I’m going to try my best to explain the importance of washing longer.