Teaching children the importance of hand washing

Last month my husband and kids came down with a nasty stomach bug. The illness started with my youngest daughter. The germs caught up with my other two daughters and then my husband. My husband got the worst of the bug. He was  literally out for a few days.

Fortunately, I didn’t catch this nasty stomach bug, and I’m positive it’s because I always wash my hands!

The illness started with our youngest, who’s in preschool (germ city). I assume she caught it from not washing her hands properly. I’ve caught her countless times running out of the washroom without washing her hands because she’s in a rush to get back to playing. Needless to say, I have to remind her to go back in the washroom to wash her hands. I don’t want nasty germs all over the house, and most importantly, I’m trying to prevent illness.

Clearly when the stomach flu bug entered our home, it was too late for prevention. It wasn’t too late however, to reinforce the importance of hand washing. And, not just after using the bathroom!

I made a point to ensure I was reminding my youngest daughter to wash her hands before eating, when coming in from playing outside, after using the washroom, after wiping her nose or coughing, after touching animals, after being around sick people and  simply anytime they were dirty.

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You would think at the age of four you wouldn’t need to constantly remind them to wash their hands, but the reality is we need to teach them and remind them often so it becomes routine. Washing hands is a healthy habit!

Here are some tips on hand washing  correctly with your little’s:

  • Wash their hands in warm water.
  • Make sure the water isn’t too hot for their little hands.
  • Use soap like the Dial Soothing Care one pictured above  ( hand soap with a pump is easy for the kids to use) and an antibacterial soap isn’t necessary. Lather up for about 20 seconds. Singing a song like Happy Birthday helps!
  • Make sure you get in between the fingers and under the nails where germs like to hang out. And don’t forget the wrists!
  • Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.

 

Teaching our kids to wash their hands is the first line of defense in preventing illness.  In other words, that twenty seconds of hand washing can prevent your entire household from getting sick!


*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions expressed however are my own. The Dial Soothing Care liquid hand soap  couldn’t have come at a better time! It was perfect to use while reinforcing the healthy habits of hand washing with my youngest daughter.It is also very moisturizing and smells ah-mazing!

Here’s some information about the NEW Dial Soothing Care body wash and liquid hand soap:

“NEW Dial® Soothing Care body wash and liquid hand soap with collagen and moisturizers, gently cleanses your skin and leaves it feeling balanced and calm.

NEW Dial® Soothing Care Products with Collagen are dermatologist tested to be gentle, even for sensitive skin. Now sensitive skin can enjoy the benefits of a soothing scent and a rich lather in body wash and liquid hand soap.

NEW Dial® Soothing Care line will be available March 2016 at national retailers including: Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart,  and Loblaws.

Suggested retail price of the body wash (473mL) is $6.99 and $4.99 (221mL) for the liquid hand soap.”

{If you would like to win a family pack of Dial Soothing Care products valued at $65, be sure to check out my Instagram page on Monday, March 21st for a giveaway!}

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