The “Whys”, “Whens” and “Hows” to better a Hand Wash!
Children are naturally inquisitive. But this one is really cheeky.
“Mama, why should I wash my hands?” And you say, ”Beta, to wash away the germs!”
“Germs (bacteria or viruses) such as the flu virus, which cause illnesses, may be on your hands. And washing can your hands with a cleanser can destroy them. “
Now the next question pops; “When should I wash my hands, mama?”
- “Before eating.
- After using the bathroom
- After blowing or wiping your nose.
- After you cough or sneeze into a tissue.
- Upon arriving home from school to prevent bringing germs from school into your home.”
The next one, “How do I ensure I wash my hands properly?”
“Turn on the faucet and wet your hand.
- Use soap and water and rub your hands vigorously for at least 15 seconds (It’s the amount of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday or your ABC’s)
- Wash all surfaces including back of hands, wrists, between fingers, under fingernails.
- Rinse well.
- Dry hands well with paper towel.
And oh and remember to turn off the faucet with the paper towel!”
“Turn off the faucet WITH THE PAPER TOWEL? Why?” counters the boy
“You should never use your clean hands to turn off the faucet since you could pick up the germs that were on your hand when you turned on the faucet”.
“ok..ok. Now I know you too know the answers. We already learnt this in our school today”, says the cheeky boy. “I was just testing whether you know it”
And he runs of leaving a bewildered you behind.