Thursday, November 20, 2014

Proper Hand Washing to Help Keep Colds Away!

What is the proper ways to wash your hands? Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to complete a training on health procedures in a childcare setting. The training covered various sanitation methods and the proper way to wash hands. I would like to share with you what I discovered through my training and some other helpful things I learned on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

First, when and how do you wash your hands? There are many times when you need to wash your hands.  These times include: before, during and after meal prep, before and after caring for someone who is sick, before and after cleaning a cut or wound, after using the restroom, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, after throwing away garbage, and after playing with animals or handling their food.  Doing these few things will not only help keep you healthy, but your child as well.

How should you wash your hands? First, you need to wet your hands with warm water then apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together until you have cleaned the fingers, nails, and front/backs. You should scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds before you rinse the soap off. You should leave the water running and grab a paper towel, dry your hands off, then, use the paper towel to turn off the water. This will keep your clean hands from getting re-contaminated.

It is very tempting to use hand sanitizer, however, washing your hands is the best way to kill germs according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, hand sanitizer does not kill all germs and it is not effective when your hands are noticeably dirty or greasy.  If you do use hand sanitizer, you should follow the same steps as if you were using soap. 

If done appropriately, hand washing is a simple thing that everyone  can do to keep themselves and their families healthy.  

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