Importance of Hygiene
Maintaining Hand Hygiene
- Teach proper Hand washing. Make sure your child uses soap and lathers for at least 15 seconds before rinsing.
- Encourage your child to wash hands with soap and water:
- When hands look dirty.
- Before eating or preparing food.
- After touching raw meat.
- After touching any body fluids like blood, saliva, urine, or vomit.
- After touching animals.
- After blowing their nose, sneezing or coughing.
- After going to the toilet.
- Teach your child to cover sneezes and coughs with sleeve but not with hands.
- Teach your child to brush twice a day.
- Get a fun timer (music) or hourglass to help your child to brush longer.
- Set up regular Bath timings.
- Make sure your child washes all of their body, including under their arms, genital and anal areas.
- Thoroughly dry their body before they get dressed.
- Children need fresh clothes every day, even if their old clothes don’t smell.
- Clean underwear everyday is especially important.
- Hang up their school uniform to air when they get home each day.
7 Steps of Hand Washing
Total time required to wash hands properly: 30 seconds
- Step 1 – Wet your hands and apply enough soap (coin size).
- Step 2 – Rub your palms together.
- Step 3 – Rub the back of each hand.
- Step 4 – Rub both your hands while interlocking your fingers.
- Step 5 – Rub the back of your fingers.
- Step 5 – Rub the tips of your fingers.
- Step 6 – Rub your thumbs and the ends of your wrists.
- Step 7 – Rinse both hands properly with water.