family blogCold and flu season: Wash your hands!

How kids can prevent a cold by washing their hands
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Colds and flu spread through classrooms, day-care centers or from friend to friend really quickly mainly because children do not wash their hands often enough or long enough. Then, they bring the germs home and give them to their folks and siblings. It's up to you to clean up this act!

Start good family habits:
Wash your hands with your children, especially little ones. Remember, children learn by example.
• Wash just after you enter the house.
• Wash before and after using the toilet.
• Wash before and after meals.
• If your child already has a cold, make sure he washes his hands a little more often than usual like after rubbing his face or blowing his nose.

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Model these steps with your children so they learn it’s important to clean their hands and nails well:
• Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
• Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
• Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
• Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
• Dry your hands using a clean towel or air-dry them.
-- from the Centers for Disease Control

If you’re wondering how to time out 20 seconds–short of counting “One Mississippi…” all the way to 20–ask your daughter to sing her ABCs and the rhyme that goes with it or sing the Happy Birthday song twice. Doing that may entertain her long enough to kill off viruses and bacteria that may cause illness.

One last thing: Handwashing saves money. That may sound like a funny thing to say but it’s a lot cheaper to buy soap than it is to buy medicine or go to the doctor’s.

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