The start of the school year is just around the corner.
United Hospital Center Infection Preventionist Annetta Payne said it’s important to make sure your kids know how to protect themselves from the germs they can bring home from school.
She said the number one thing to make sure they know how to do, and when to do is wash their hands.
“You should wash your hands as soon as you get home from school. You walk in the door, wash your hands and get rid of all those germs so you aren’t sharing them with your family. When you go to the bathroom, before you eat, if you have a pet, after you play with your pet make sure you wash your hands,” explained Payne. “The best way to remember if you are washing your hands long enough is the Happy Birthday song. Everybody knows happy birthday, so you can hum it to yourself. If you are using good old fashioned soap and water make sure that you hum Happy Birthday twice,” Payne said.
When it comes to hand sanitizer, Payne said that’s a good alternative.
“Hand sanitizer has its place. Soap and water of course is always best. If you are going to use a hand sanitizer it should be at least 60% alcohol based. You want to make sure you have enough sanitizer on your hands that your hands are wet for at least one rendition of Happy Birthday,” explained Payne.
Payne said it’s important to teach your children to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing.
She also said the best way to teach your kids these habits, is by setting a good example.