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With School Back in Session, Kids Need Refresher Course on Hand-Washing

The best way to prevent many types of child-born infections is for children to wash their hands. Hand washing is especially important once school starts and kids touch all kinds of contaminated surfaces.

“Germs get left everywhere! Good hand hygiene practices help prevent catching colds and respiratory viral infections, stomach bugs and diarrhea, as well as MRSA [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] and other skin infections. Make hand hygiene a practice you and your family practice every day,” advises Dr. Beverly Connelly from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, in Ohio.

Children should be taught the proper hand washing techniques (using soap and water for at least 20 seconds), and parents and teachers should explain the reasons for washing one’s hands and set good examples by doing it themselves.

Children also need to know that it’s especially important to wash hands after using the bathroom, after sneezing or blowing their nose, and before eating. Read more.

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