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  Marjorie Comer   August 17, 2016   Children, Health, Hands, Adolescent, Safety, Child 0 Comments

Teach healthy hand-washing techniques

Velocity Care explains the necessity of properly washing your hands

Velocity Care explains the necessity of properly washing your handsOne of the most important ways to stay healthy is simply through washing your hands properly. Hand-washing is an essential way to stop the spread of germs and prevent some of the common illnesses found in children. 

Proper hygiene begins at home.

Teach healthy hand-washing techniques to your children and let them know they are doing their part to stop the spread of germs and diseases. Many people don’t give hand-washing the time and dedication it deserves. As the new school year approaches, it is important to remind children, teens and other adults of the proper hand-washing technique to ensure we all stay healthy together.

How to properly wash your hands

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water.
  2. Apply soap to hands.
  3. Lather the soap and scrub your hands for approximately 20 seconds. Teach your child to hum the “ABC’s” once or to hum the tune of “Happy Birthday” twice.
  4. Rinse your hands under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands with a clean towel or use an air-drying system, which is more hygienic.

If you don’t have access to clean, running water and soap, then an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol can reduce the amount of germs on your hands. Sanitizers don’t eliminate all types of germs.

When to wash hands

Common times to wash your hands are after using the restroom or when you notice your hands are visibly dirty.

Wash your hands before:

  • Eating food.
  • Preparing food.
  • Caring for or visiting someone who is sick
  • Treating a cut or wound.
  • Holding a baby.
  • Changing contact lenses.

Wash your hands after:

  • Preparing food.
  • Caring for or visiting someone who is sick.
  • Treating a cut or wound.
  • Touching your face.
  • Blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.
  • Changing a diaper or cleaning up a child or an adult who used the toilet.
  • You use the toilet yourself.
  • Touching an animal, its food or its waste.
  • Touching trash or chemicals.

Ensuring everyone washes their hands often and correctly can reduce the number of illnesses that spread within your family. Having a healthy family means having a happy family. Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center wants to help keep your family healthy. Stop by one of our walk-in clinics today for a wellness exam.

Back-to-school health checklist from Velocity Care

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This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.

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