Yea, it’s April! Spring has sprung, and that means cold and flu season is over, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, it’s hanging on. So, we have to continue to be good hand washers. After all, that is the best way to stop the spread of those pesky bugs.
Get your kids into the hand-washing habit early. Teach them to:
- Wet hands with warm water to kill germs.
- Place a small amount of soap in palm of the hand. (Turn off the faucet to save water.)
- Rub hands together quickly, rubbing soap between fingers, on backs of hands and lightly scratching fingernails on palms of hands. Rub for as long as it takes them to sing their ABC’s or “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
- Turn on warm water. Rinse hands well, being sure to scrub while rinsing. Point fingers down in sink. This will rinse germs off hands.
- Dry hands, making sure they are completely dry.
- In public restrooms, when possible, turn off the water and open the door with the paper towel in hand. This will help prevent picking up more germs.
It is important that your child wash his or her hands before eating and after going to the bathroom. Pay attention to how your child washes and praise good technique. Set a good example by washing your own hands well.
Are you looking for a fun way to give your kids “hands on” practice? Take them to the Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! Exhibit at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee. Children’s Hospital and Health System partnered with Betty Brinn to develop this interactive exhibit that focuses on health. The exhibit is brought to you by Kohl’s Department Stores.
As kids climb, crawl and move through the exciting, new exhibit, they’ll have to complete various health-related activities and challenges, including the Pit O’Germs! They must make their way across the pit without touching bad germs. When completed successfully, they’ll move on to the next fun challenge, all the while picking up healthy habits! Learn more at bbcmkids.org.
-Colleen Schultz, education manager, Children’s Health Education Center
Check out some photos from the Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! Exhibit at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.
Gus Gnorski from Fox 6 Milwaukee learns how singing the ABC’s can help kids properly wash their hands.