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Healthy Hand Washing

January 09, 2018

Show your child how to properly wash their hands by first lathering hands with soap and clean water and then scrubbing for 20 seconds. Make hand washing fun by singing songs and saying rhymes while they wash.  Sing “Happy Birthday” or “Row Your Boat” twice to help them know when it is time to rinse off.

Talk to them about when it is important to wash their hands, such as before eating a meal or after a trip to the bathroom.  Also explain to them why it's important to wash their hands often by using simple terms such as, "washing with soap and water gets rid of dirt and germs that could make us sick." Provide them with gentle reminders each day to help them make hand washing a frequent habit!

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