Keeping hands clean by washing them properly is one of the most important steps we can take and we can teach our children to avoid spreading germs and causing sickness.
All we need is soap and clean water and the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday”
This is awful to learn but poop from people or animals is a major source of germs that cause sickness, diaorrhea and infections like hand/foot/mouth. They can get onto the hands in obvious ways but also in ways we wouldn’t think about – like handling raw meats. Yes…raw meats can have invisible amounts of poop on them. Yuk. A gram of faeces can carry 1 trillion germs.
Sneezing and coughing can transmit germs and make people sick.
So…handwashing with soap is super important! Don’t forget we use our hands more than we realise – we touch our eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick. What about computers, ipads and phones. These are the worst for carrying germs.
Teaching people about handwashing helps them and their communities stay healthy
Unfortunately, about 1.8 million children under the age of 5 die each year from diaorrhea and diseases and pneumonia, the top two killers of young children around the world. It is not enough to use only water, soap removes germs much more effectively.
We must start good handwashing habits early in life to help improve child development, reduce sickness and infections and the transmission of those yukky germs.
A good handwashing is apply the soap, some clean water and then wash thoroughly all over your hands and in between your fingers for the whole time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself.
A simple yet effective way to teach our future generations.
Global Handwashing Day is 15 October!