|Written by Tracy Smith|
It is very important for us to wash our hands to help prevent the spread of germs and colds. Getting kids to take time out to wash their hands can be difficult. Kids seem to be in a hurry most of the time and just don't think about washing their hands. These steps will help to remind kids to wash their hands. Plus kids who wash their hands will be less likely to catch colds or the flu.
First get signs to put up around the house. The signs do not have to be large, just the right size to get their attention You can make your own or buy one at a local school or office supply store. You can get a custom sign made at local sign shops if you would like the sign to match your decor.
Put the sign up in the bathroom above the faucet, on the back of the door, by the light switch. We want to make sure the kids see the signs.
Next, lead by example. Wash you hands before and after you eat. Wash you hands before and after you prepare foods. Wash you hands after coughing, sneezing, or going to the rest room. Instruct the kids to follow and do the same. It may take some nagging at first, but wash their hands will become routine.
To help make sure everyone washes before a meal. Everyone in the house need to wash their hands before being served food or sitting at the table.
Continue the good hygiene when in the car by using waterless hand sanitizers.
Warning: Hand sanitizers should not be ingested, so make sure the children rub the hand sanitizer in completely.
This may seem like common sense to most people. However more and more people are not taking the time to simply wash their hands. This can be notice by spending time in a public restroom and see how many people really wash their hands.
With continually using good hand washing habits, the children will start to wash their hands without having to be told to do so.