Wellness - Hygiene | 2-5 yrs

Teaching Kids About Handwashing


Handwashing, or the act of washing the hands with water, with or without the use of a soap, is a part of every culture around the world. It has been practiced since ancient times and is recognised as one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of diseases.

Children are very active and like to touch everything around them. Touching different things results in germs get on the hands of children, which then spread to other areas of their body. According to the article titled, ‘Why Is Handwashing So Important?’ in kidshealth.org, ‘When kids come into contact with germs, they can unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. And once they're infected, it's usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness.’ So, handwashing is an important habit that should be taught to children at a very young age to reduce their chances of falling sick.

Handwashing is the first line of defence against the spread of some of the widespread diseases like diarrhoea and common cold. Parents should explain to children the different activities after which they should wash their hands. The best way of making children pick up the habit of handwashing is by making it look like a fun activity.

Nowadays, hand sanitisers are being marketed as the best way of getting rid of germs. Some manufactures of hand sanitisers claim that their products can kill 99.9% of the germs. However, an article in biology.about.com says, ‘Interestingly enough, the Food and Drug Administration, in regards to regulations concerning proper procedures for food services, recommends that hand sanitizers not be used in place of hand soap and water but only as an adjunct.’

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Why Is Handwashing So Important?

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How To Teach Handwashing To Kids

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