Norovirus – why washing with soap and water is essential in class

Norovirus – why washing with soap and water is essential in class

Primary school children fall ill in East Anglia

Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, has taken it’s toll amounts young children at a primary school in East Anglia, according to a report on the East Anglian Daily Times website, which highlights the need for effective hand washing.

The article by Andrew Hirst tells that parents have been advised to keep children from Leiston Primary School at home, after six children contracted the illness, following an initial thirteen who fell ill before Christmas.

Why children should be taught effective hand washing techniques

Washing with soap and water is essential in order to keep norovirus under control. After a recent outbreak at West Suffolk Hospital, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s chief nurse Rowan Procter categorically stated that this was the only suitable hand hygiene process for visitors to the facility, as hand gels are ineffective against the bug.

“…they should use soap and water when they arrive and before they leave as the alcohol gel is not effective against this virus.” 

NHS advise soap and water

The Daily Times article quotes NHS advice for reducing levels of norovirus cross-infection.

“Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food.”

Leiston Primary School urges parents to keep sick children at home after norovirus outbreak »


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.

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.