Why it’s important to get kids into a “handwashing routine”

Why it’s important to get kids into a “handwashing routine”

Warning that germs are transmitted more by skin than other surfaces

The resident doctor on the This Morning television programme has provided detailed hand washing advice and guidance for parents and carers regarding the vital role that hand washing plays in keeping kids healthy – and why it’s so important that they are taught how and when to wash properly, according to a recent report on the Hello! website

47 per cent of UK parents worry that children will bring infection into the house writes Kate Thomas, who quoted a recent Lifebuoy survey, which also revealed that half the parents questioned still have to remind children to wash hands before touching or eating food.

Soap and water to the rescue!

The article quotes Dr Ranj Singh who ascertained that “handwashing is key”, that “it is now more important than ever that we make hand hygiene a key part of our everyday routine.”

Effective washing must also take place at the right time, advises Dr. Ranj – not only before eating, but after sneezing, going to the toilet and so on. And the run up to winter is always particularly fraught, with regard to the number of illnesses that become more prevalent, such as flu and chicken pox. And many outlets are warning that an unseasonably large number of norovirus (the winter vomiting bug) cases are being reported.

He is quoted as offering advice to parents that they need to lead the way – to teach how it should be done.

“Kids will learn from your behaviour… so lead by example! Sing happy birthday twice, play your favourite songs, you could also wash a toy with little ones while washing your hands.”

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A child approaches a KiddiSynk portable handwash unit

A preschool child washing hands with a KiddiSynk portable unit


Portable hand wash units for children can be used both indoors and out

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.