Here are some simple steps for scrubbing those germs away. Demonstrate this routine to your child - or better yet, wash your hands together with your child several times a day so he or she learns how important this good habit is.
To minimize the germs passed around your family, make frequent hand washing a rule for everyone, especially:
Don't underestimate the power of hand washing! The few seconds you spend at the sink with your child could save you trips to the doctor's office.
You may want to put up a poster or flyer about hand washing. Here are some materials for you to print and put up at home. Click the image to open/download the pdf file.
|How to wash your hands (English)||Hand washing for adults (English)|
|How to wash your hands (Espaņol)||Hand washing for adults (Espaņol)|
|Wash hands poster (multi language)||Hand washing for adults (Chinese)|
|You washed your hands, keep them clean.|
There are other things you can do to stop germs from infecting you and other people. Cover your mouth with your sleeve when you cough. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands first. And if you're sick, STAY HOME! Going to school or work when you're sick will carry your germs to others.
Here's a fun website for kids. There are interactive games that allow kids to hunt for germs at home, test their knowledge in fun quizzes, and play word games that find hidden germs in puzzles.
You may also want to put up a poster or flyer about how to avoid infection. Here are some materials for you to print and put up at home. Click the image to open/download the pdf file.
|Be a Germ Stopper - Boy||Be a Germ Stopper - Girl|
|Be a germ detective||Cover your cough (English)|
|Cover your cough (Espaņol)||Cover your cough (Chinese)|