Keep Your Family Healthy Through Proper Hand-washing
This year, the flu has become an epidemic in the continental United States, and children ages 6 months to 18 years are considered one of the most vulnerable groups. The center for disease control indicates that proper hand washing is a key precaution in preventing the spread of communicable diseases like the flu.
Wash hands before, during and after food preparation, before eating, before and after caring for a sick person, after using the restroom, after changing diapers, or after blowing your nose, coughing and sneezing. Additionally, wash hands after handling garbage, pet food, animals, or animal waste. Please note that children generally exhibit poorer hygiene habits, so vigilance is key in helping them from spreading germs.
Before washing your hands, especially in public, make sure you have a paper towel ready so you can also use it to turn off the water and open the door. Touching the sink knobs, paper towel holder, or door handle can essentially undo diligent washing.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. That's about the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. Be sure to scrub everywhere, between fingers, under finger nails, etc. Rinse your hands with running water. Grab your paper towel to turn off the faucet, open the door, and then toss it into the trashcan.
Hand sanitizer can be used as an alternative when you cannot find a location to wash you hands. Hand sanitizers do not remove all types of germs and they are not effective if your hands are visibly dirty. Effective hand sanitizers should have at least 60% alcohol. Put about a nickel sized amount on your palm and spread all over hands until dry.
Answer by noel1978 at 8:42 PM on Feb. 19, 2013
I've actually seen this in a 1st Aid video. I have done that for years (I don't sing to myself tho) & I always feel guilty about wasting water!
Answer by mrsmom110 at 8:40 PM on Feb. 19, 2013
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Answer by nnh_mama at 9:58 PM on Feb. 19, 2013
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How may times have you washed your hands this morning?