Why you should teach handwashing with soap and water (ahead of gels) to children

Why you should teach handwashing with soap and water (ahead of gels) to children

The most important lesson you can teach…

Norovirus is described as a “gruesome bug” which causes extremely unpleasant symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea – and it can spread very quickly in small communities such as classrooms.

There is only one way to effectively control the spread of the illness – and that’s with thorough soap and water hand washing, because gels are ineffective against it, according to a recent article on the Warrington Guardian website.

The report by Faith Eckersall quotes a Public Health England (PHE) spokesperson as warning that norovirus can remain on hard surfaces for hours, enabling it to spread very quickly amongst a closed community. And reported cases seem to be on the rise this winter.

Wash with soap and water – not gels

Teaching youngsters to wash their hands effectively with soap and water is vital, as gels are ineffective against norovirus.

“The best way to protect yourself and others from catching this unpleasant sickness bug is simply to wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap…” advises the PHE spokesman in the article, who also added a warning about reliance on gels.

“However, what most people don’t know is that hand sanitisers are NOT an effective protection against this common sickness bug.”

The #ThinkNoro campaign

The article refers to the #ThinkNoro campaign, which is currently being given an exceptionally high profile across the country.

N “No visits to hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries if you are suffering from symptoms of Norovirus – send someone else to visit loved ones until you are better.”

O“Once you’ve been symptom-free for at least 48 hours , you’re safe to return to work, school or visit hospitals and care home.”

R“Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water, especially after using the toilet, and before eating or preparing food.”

O “Only hand-washing will prevent spread of Norovirus –  alcohol hand gels DON’T kill the virus.”

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Teach children effective hand washing techniques

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 whether inside or out.

Hand washing – the most important lesson a child can learn!

Hand washing with soap and water is an essential lifelong skill. Here, children in your care can learn the ten simple steps that show how to wash hands effectively.