Children's Hand Washing 2

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold to more serious illnesses. Dr. Edward Hill gives some hand washing tips to pass on to your children in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

Demonstrate this routine to your kids or better yet, wash your hands together often so they learn how important this good habit is:

Wash your hands in warm water.

Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds. Make sure you get in between the fingers and under the nails where uninvited germs like to hang out, and

Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.

Make frequent hand washing a rule for everyone, especially:

before eating and cooking

after using the bathroom

after touching animals, including family pets

before and after visiting or taking care of any sick people, and

after blowing ones nose, coughing or sneezing

Dont underestimate the power of hand washing. The few seconds you spend at the sink could save you trips to the doctors office.

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