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Clean Hands. Healthy Kids. Happy Parents.
If you have or work with little ones, you know keeping them germ-free is nearly impossible. Kids love to touch, explore, and engage with the world around them which means they can be exposed to hundreds of thousands of germs in a single day! The good news is that washing up with soap and clean running water can prevent the spread of illness and keep your kids healthy, even in a world filled with germs.
One of the best things you can do for your children is to teach them at an early age when and how to wash their hands, and why it’s so important.
The Centers for Disease Control recommend 20 seconds of hand washing to eliminate harmful bacteria and prevent the spread of illness. To make those 20 seconds fly by, we’ve created a fun and engaging hand-washing video to share with your little ones, sung to the tune of “A-Hunting We Will Go”:
- Share the video with your child away from a designated hand-washing time. Learn the words together and have fun singing and dancing to the music.
- Next time your child needs to wash up, remind them to sing the handwashing song. Join in and make it fun.
- Remind your child to wash with soap and to use the full 20 seconds to lather up, paying special attention to each finger, fingernails and the backs and palms of both hands.
- At the end of the song, let your child know it is time to rinse and dry both hands.
Well done! You’ve taken a very important step in creating a healthy handwashing routine that will not only protect your own child’s health but also the health of those around them.
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We encourage you to share this video with anyone who helps to care for your child – teachers, daycare providers, grandparents, babysitters. The more consistent your handwashing routine, the easier it will be for your child to remember the song and to know what to do even when you aren’t there.
When Kids Should Wash Their Hands
- Before eating
- After using the bathroom
- After coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose
- After being near someone who is sick
- After touching animals, pets, or pet food/treats
- After school, sports, or playing outside
- After touching garbage
No Soap? No Problem
If soap and running water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Use enough to cover both hands, including fingers, palms, and the back of both hands. Allow hands to dry naturally.
As soon as soap and water are available, wash normally.