Kids don’t always listen when you tell them to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom, or after they’ve played outside. But, it’s a message worth repeating. Good handwashing protects against the spread of many illnesses, including the common cold, and even more serious illnesses such as flu, meningitis, hepatitis A and most types of infectious diarrhoea.
Germs can spread in many ways, including touching dirty hands, or contaminated surfaces, and through contact with a sick person’s body fluids. When children come into contact with germs, they unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
Tips for effective handwashing:
- Wash your hands in warm water.
- Use soap and make sure you get in between the fingers and under the nails. Don’t forget your wrists.
- Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.
Teach your kids the importance of handwashing with this fun song from Doc McStuffins. Watch the video below:
When should you wash your hands?
- Before eating and cooking
- After using the bathroom
- After cleaning around the house
- After touching animals
- Before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends or family members
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc).
About Global Handwashing Day
Global Handwashing Day is a UNICEF-affiliated global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness about and understanding the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. Today it’s celebrated in 53 countries.
Lifebuoy has been using this important day since 2012 to highlight the work the brand is doing both locally and globally to change the handwashing behaviour of 1 billion people by 2020.
Lifebuoy’s ‘Help a Child Reach 5’ initiative, which was launched in 2012, teaches good hygiene practices to prevent disease and help children reach their fifth birthday. It has become the world’s largest hygiene promotion programme.
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