Enterovirus – why children need to wash their hands properly

Enterovirus – why children need to wash their hands properly

Children “most at risk” from virus

Health officials are alerting parents and schools to the danger of a virus which has the greatest effect on children between the ages of four and twelve, according to a recent warning on the Get Surrey website.

It highlights effective hand washing as being by far and away the best way of controlling the spread of infection that can be caused by it.

The article also includes a video featuring Darci Hodge, R.N., Director of infection control at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital who specifically highlights the risks of Enterovirus D68, which can cause particular problems with breathing related conditions such as asthma, by compounding the condition.

Four young children were recently taken to hospital in Edinburgh after succumbing to Enterovirus D68, says the report by Rachel Bishop. All four children tragically “lost the lost the use of their limbs after initially complaining of breathing problems.”

“Children aged between four and 12 are most in danger of getting the virus that can also leave victims with “polio-like” long-term nerve damage.”

Washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds is advised.” 

Public Health England (PHE) has warned parents – and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has, says the article, described it as an “epidemic” as a result of reported cases in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain and Holland.

Effective hand washing is crucial

A spokesperson for PHE is quoted as emphasising the importance of hand washing to prevent infection spread.

The report emphasises that “…it is crucial that all new pupils are taught good hand hygiene habits in order to minimise the spread of common, contagious infections such as colds and flu.”

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Mobile sinks for younger children

Hand washing is the most important lesson a child can learn and acquiring it is an essential lifelong skill.

The Kiddiwash range of warm water hand wash units are perfect for smaller hands – and are ideal where a portable solution is required. They are the perfect way of teaching lifelong hand washing habits.

Whether you require a larger wheeled unit such as the KiddiSynk, or the ultra portable Kiddiwash Xtra, you can ensure that all children in your care are able to wash their hands – inside or out.

How to wash your hands video