Children's Hand Washing 1

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hand washing is the best way to prevent germs from spreading and to keep your kids from getting sick. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the importance of hand washing in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Children dont always listen when you tell them to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom or when they come inside from playing. But hand washing is the first line of defense against germs.

Good hand washing protects against the spread of many illnessesfrom the common cold, which is responsible for 22 million lost schooldays each year, to more serious illnesses such as meningitis, flu, hepatitis A and most types of infectious diarrhea.

Germs can be transmitted many ways, including:

touching dirty hands

changing dirty diapers

through contaminated water and food

through droplets released during a cough or a sneeze

via contaminated surfaces, and

through contact with a sick persons body fluids

When kids come into contact with germs, they can unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose or mouth. And once theyre infected, its usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.