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Handwashing is the simplest way to prevent your child from falling sick. Our tips and list of fun handwashing activities can help kids, preschoolers and toddlers pick up this good habit
One rainy September morning, eight-year-old Akhil is busy playing in the slush in the garden near his house. He loves jumping in muddy puddles, cuddling his pet and splashing dirt all around. Like any other boy his age, Akhil loves indulging in little mischievous acts.
No problem with that. But, soon after he finishes the 'muddy musings', the real problem starts. Despite his mother cautioning him more than once, he refuses to wash his hands. The next morning, Akhil suffers a severe bout of diarrhea and vomiting.
The doctor finds a strong presence of bacteria in his gut, which can be treated only with a good dose of antibiotics. And this isn't the first time for Akhil. He is known to fall sick often. Akhil could've saved all the trouble by simply washing his hands properly before eating!
If your child also loves to get his hands dirty, then you need to know these tips to teach fun handwashing activities to him.
Germs are omnipresent. Our hands act as their carriers. Since it is hard to avoid contact with the bacteria, it is important that children wash their hands at regular intervals.
Germs can potentially get inside our body through our hands. Remember:
Washing hands at regular intervals is important to ensure your child's good health and hygiene. However, care should be taken to see it is done in the right manner. You should not overdo it. In September 2016, the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) issued a final ruling that antibacterial wash products like soaps, foams and gels containing certain ingredients cannot be sold over the counter. This ban was imposed in the US after studies conducted by the organization showed these products might be hampering immunity by destroying good bacteria. Plus, there was no scientific proof to suggest that antibacterial ingredients improved the efficacy of these products.
Dr Indira Chaturvedi, a pediatrician cautions against being obsessive about handwashing.
"Take care of hands only when you feel it is required. For children, don't use strong products like Sterilium as it is for adults and practitioners. Children tend to put their hands in the mouth and so, washing with soap and water is the best bet. If using a handwash product that is available in the market, seek advice from your doctor," she says.
Be careful but don't be 'scared' of infections all the time. Follow a prescribed washing routine at home, school or while playing with friends.
Sing along: Sing a song with your child as she washes her hands. Ensure the song is at least 20 seconds long.
Here a handwashing son which you can sing with your child when he's washing his hands:Soap on the front
We hope this article helps in reinforcing the simple practice that leads to a healthier lifestyle for you and your child. So, what are you waiting for? Go #handwashing now and send us a picture of your child doing it.
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