Hand foot and mouth disease – why you should teach children to wash with soap and water

Hand foot and mouth disease – why you should teach children to wash with soap and water

Incidents of the illness are on the rise – prompting renewed hand washing advice

An apparent increase in the number of cases of hand foot and mouth disease has resulted in advice being issued for parents, teachers and carers in the north west of England, according to a recent report on the Liverpool Echo website.

Chantelle Heeds wrote that there has been a rise in the number of cases of the illness that have recently been reported around the Liverpool area. It mainly affects under 10s, but can be transmitted to adults as well.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust‘s Clinical Nurse Manager at Smithdown Children’s Walk In Centre, Nicola Gourley is quoted in the article as saying that the disease is “easily passed on to other people” via faeces, coughing and sneezing.

Hand washing with soap

Top of the list of effective preventative measures in the report is a simple message.

“wash your hands often with warm soapy water – and teach children to do so.”

The NHS website advises on how to check for symptoms of hand foot and mouth disease and this also advocates the teaching of effective hand washing techniques to young children in order to minimise the spread of the illness.

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Robust, portable handwashing units for children – for use indoors or out!

Hand washing is the most important lesson a child can learn and acquiring it is an essential lifelong skill. A Kiddiwash Xtra or KiddiSynk portable hand washing sink can be positioned right next to the sand pit – helping to ensure that children dramatically reduce the risk of infection as they finish play.

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.