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How do you get your kids to wash their hands properly?

kid washing handsGerms are gross and can be downright dangerous. Teaching your kids how to wash their hands properly should be as important as teaching them how to read and eat right.

Most children do the bare minimum if they remember to wash their hands at all. Here are a few pointers on helping your kiddos learn the proper technique.

Do you know how long you are supposed to wash your hands in order to kill all the bacteria?

A. 45 seconds

B. till all the soap is off

C. 20 seconds

If you said C, you are right!!!! DING DING DING. In order to wash your hands properly, you need to rub them together (with soap) for at least 20 seconds, or as long as it takes you to sing Happy Birthday.

First of all, your children should know WHEN they have to wash their hands:

  • Before eating food
  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • After going to the bathroom
  • After being around someone who is sick
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • After touching dog food, or wastes
  • After playing and being outside

Next, they should know how to wash their hands the right way:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and use soap.
  • Rub your hands together and scrub them well; be sure to get the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. (see above).
  • Rinse your hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

By following these guidelines, your children will get the routine down for keeping themselves germ-free and clean as a whistle. If you make them clean their hands often, it will be a regular part of their day.