Hand Washing: Why It's So Importantenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/HandWashingWhyItsImportant_enHD2.jpgWashing your hands well and often is the best way to keep from getting sick. Here's how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.wash hands, washing hands, cleaning hands, dirty hands, hand washing, handwashing, hand-washing, hands, clean hands, dirty hands, soap, soaps, germs, bacteria, viruses, rest room, restroom, bathroom, washing your hands, washing my child's hands, antibacterial soap, water, pets, flu, cold, diarrhea, E. coli, cough, sneeze, food poisoning, infections, infectious diseases, illness, sick kids, sickness, spreading germs, general pediatrics, good habits, lather up, suds, soap, lather, how infections are spread, how diseases are spread, how germs spread, germ, germs07/31/200104/13/202004/13/2020Michelle M. Karten, MD09/10/20181751c1fa-461c-4b39-9003-a19c00f8549dhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/<h3>Why Is Hand Washing So Important?</h3> <p>It's a message worth repeating &mdash; <strong>hand washing is by far the best way to keep kids from getting sick</strong> and prevent the spread of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">germs</a>.</p> <h3>What's the Best Way to Wash Hands?</h3> <p>Here's how to scrub those germs away. Teach this to your kids &mdash; or better yet, wash your hands together often so they learn how important this good habit is:</p> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>Wet your hands</strong> with clean, running water (warm or cold). Make sure the water isn't too hot for little hands.</li> <li><strong>Use soap</strong> and lather up for about 20 seconds. Antibacterial soap isn't a must &mdash; any soap will do.</li> <li>Make sure you <strong>get in between your fingers</strong>, on the backs of hands, and under the nails where germs like to hang out. And don't forget the wrists!</li> <li><strong>Rinse and dry</strong> well with a clean towel.</li> </ol> <h3>When Should We Wash Our Hands?</h3> <p>To stop the spread of germs in your family, make regular hand washing a rule for everyone. It's especially important:</p> <ul> <li>before eating and cooking</li> <li>after using the bathroom</li> <li>after cleaning around the house</li> <li>after touching animals, including family <a class="kh_anchor">pets</a></li> <li>before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends or relatives</li> <li>after blowing one's nose, coughing, or sneezing</li> <li>after being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)</li> </ul> <h3>How Do Clean Hands Help Health?</h3> <p>Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses &mdash; from the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">common cold</a> to more serious infections, such as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/meningitis.html/">meningitis</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bronchiolitis.html/">bronchiolitis</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu.html/">the flu</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hepatitis.html/">hepatitis A</a>, and many types of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a>.</p> <h3>How Do Germs Spread?</h3> <p>Germs can spread many ways, including:</p> <ul> <li>touching dirty hands</li> <li>changing dirty diapers</li> <li>through contaminated water and food</li> <li>through droplets in the air released during a cough or sneeze</li> <li>on contaminated surfaces</li> <li>through contact with a sick person's body fluids</li> </ul> <p>When kids come into contact with germs, they can become infected just by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. And once they're infected, it's usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness.</p> <p>So don't underestimate the power of hand washing! The time you spend at the sink could save you trips to the doctor's office.</p> <div class="rs_skip rs_preserve"><!-- TinyMCE Fix --> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-metadata.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-controller.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/single-clean-hands-en.js" type="text/javascript"></script> </div>Lavarse las manos: por qué es tan importante Es un mensaje que merece la pena repetir: lavarse las manos es, con diferencia, la mejor manera de evitar la propagación de gérmenes y de proteger a sus hijos de las enfermedades.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/hand-washing-esp.html/db16c215-1abb-4dd5-9f34-29634eb86fe1
Being Safe in the KitchenCooking and baking are lots of fun - as long as you stay safe. Read this article for safety tips before you head into the kitchen.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/safe-in-kitchen.html/b6d4b44b-a395-42ab-8fa7-2d403a7fd4bb
Campylobacter InfectionsThese bacterial infections can cause diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. Good hand-washing and food safety habits can help prevent them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/campylobacter.html/1b376c32-47d6-42a6-9eed-50dbd918e201
CellulitisCellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissues that can affect any area of the body. It begins in an area of broken skin, like a cut or scratch.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cellulitis.html/15292526-b2b5-46b8-ae79-391dbea116c7
ColdsColds are the most common infectious disease in the United States - and the top reason kids visit the doctor and miss school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/b9edc12e-0507-49ec-84a9-b00b20e89827
Dealing With CutsFind out how to handle minor cuts at home - and when to get medical care for a more serious injury.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bleeding.html/dd98d89c-e30e-4b99-8178-bb65cc8e9c3d
DiarrheaMost kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/38efbf41-ac94-4d02-be5d-365f9b03cc12
Flu FactsEvery year from October to May, millions of people across the United States come down with the flu. Get the facts on the flu - including how to feel better if you get it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/flu.html/acfdcf98-fcf2-42a4-85c2-9285c6192eec
Food PoisoningSometimes, germs can get into food and cause food poisoning. Find out what to do if your child gets food poisoning - and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-poisoning.html/3574049c-833d-4fb5-b597-6a9d1c4aae09
Food Safety for Your FamilyWhy is food safety important? And how can you be sure your kitchen and the foods you prepare in it are safe?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-safety.html/0caf1e5d-2bda-4ba7-8855-560f9e30f791
Germs: Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and ProtozoaGerms are tiny organisms that can cause disease - and they're so small that they can creep into your system without you noticing. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/care-about-germs.html/59b8feef-766a-4272-ac83-38140b1d176a
Hand Washing: Why It's So ImportantDid you know that the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands? If you don't wash your hands frequently, you can pick up germs from other sources and then infect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/handwashing.html/83630582-a0c6-4b77-97f9-6b26970fd4af
Hand, Foot, and Mouth DiseaseHand, foot, and mouth disease (HFM) is a common viral infection that causes painful red blisters in the mouth and throat, and on the hands, feet, and diaper area. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hfm.html/91a76605-dfdc-40fb-aafe-707d3763cf98
Infections That Pets CarryKids can benefit from the companionship, affection, and relationships they share with pets. But it's important to know how to protect your family from infections carried by pets and other animals.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pet-infections.html/61a65ff3-292c-442e-86ed-364290e0442f
Is It a Cold, the Flu, or COVID-19?Your child has a sore throat, cough, and a high fever. Is it COVID-19? Could it be the flu? Or just a cold? Here are tips on what to look for, and what to do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-vs-cold.html/16fd4bfe-f370-4bed-879d-e830fcc1b411
MRSAMRSA is a type of bacteria that the usual antibiotics can't tackle anymore. Simple precautions can help protect your kids from becoming infected.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mrsa.html/45242956-043b-400a-8ac7-cce1891a9c43
ParonychiaParonychia is an infection of the skin around a fingernail or toenail. Most of the time, it's not serious and can be treated at home. Learn what causes it, what to do, and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/paronychia.html/8305936c-a497-45e1-a335-2808e79813f7
SepsisSepsis is a serious infection usually caused when bacteria make toxins that cause the immune system to attack the body's own organs and tissues.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sepsis.html/ae008ddb-6b3a-494d-b020-cb6ccbbe8bcb
Staph InfectionsWhen skin is punctured or broken for any reason, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection. But good hygiene can prevent many staph infections. Learn more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/staphylococcus.html/eb617e21-017c-44ab-bc1e-dfa5f4e8cd05
The Flu: Stop the SpreadFollow these tips to help prevent the spread of the flu.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/flu-spread.html/240e4b54-f6fd-4938-aa81-88a652d54e1b
What Are Germs?You know they can hurt you, but what are these invisible creatures? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/germs.html/cd877075-9d39-4c9a-b4f8-d67cb341050f
Why Do I Need to Wash My Hands?Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Learn all about the best way to wash your hands in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/wash-hands.html/ae19eff8-ac7c-44be-bd9f-b2efe6953f6d
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