Washing Hands is the First Line of Defence Against Germs

Kids don’t always listen when parents tell them to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom, or when they come inside from playing. But it’s a message worth repeating — hand washing is by far the best way to prevent germs from spreading and to keep kids from getting sick. Good hand washing protects against the spread of many illnesses from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as the flu or meningitis.

Germs can spread many ways, including:

  • Touching dirty hands
  • Through contaminated water and food
  • Through droplets in the air released during a cough or sneeze
  • On contaminated surfaces
  • Through contact with a sick person’s body fluids

 

When kids come into contact with germs, they can unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. And once they’re infected, it’s usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness. So be prepared and protect your family against germs, it’s worth spreading the message to wash your hands, so that you don’t spread the germs.

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