Children under 5 benefit most from hand washing
It’s by now a well known fact that hand washing with soap and water is the best ways to avoid getting ill and spreading infection. The simple act of hand washing can prevent a considerable number of illnesses, according to a recent report on the Goodstart Early Learning website.
Goodstart, Australia’s largest provider of early learning and child care, relates that statistics make a very strong case for regular – and effective – hand washing, because it can prevent “30 per cent of diarrhoea-related illness and 20 per cent of respiratory illness, including colds.”
Why children under five should be taught hand washing
Goodstart highlights how essential the acquisition of hand washing skills is for preschool and nursery children:-
“… in children under five years this percentage is even higher – frequent hand washing with soap and water can reduce the number of illnesses and infections by at least 50 per cent.”
Make it fun!
Teaching hand washing can be a fun, enjoyable activity say Goodstart. Preschool and nursery teachers can make it entertaining – and it’s so straightforward that even the youngest children can learn.
The article also remind parents of the importance of teaching the skills to their kids – and lists helpful hand washing techniques.
“As a parent, you can help keep your family healthy by teaching your child a good hand washing technique, reminding them to wash their hands, and washing your own hands with your children.”
Teach hand washing – indoors and out!
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.