Little hands get everywhere! And bacteria are found in almost every environment on the planet spreading illness, disease and infection, from coughs and colds to tummy bugs and worse. The most common carrier of these germs is our hands so helping your children with a good hand washing routine is essential.
FACT: Germs can survive up to three hours on the skin if they’re not washed off!
FACT: Hand washing with soap kills 99.9% of germs!
FACT: 2-10 million bacteria live between our hands and elbows at any given moment!
Here are our top tips to avoid those pesky germs
- Wet hands with warm water.
- Apply a natural, antibacterial hand wash to cover palms.
- Rub palms together.
- Put one palm on the back of the other hand and interlace fingers, then reverse.
- Put palms together again, wriggle fingers and make bubbles.
- Rub the back of your fingers with the palm of the opposite hand.
- Grab hold of each thumb and rub up and down.
- Make a fist and rub it into the opposite palm, then reverse.
- Thoroughly rinse off all soap with warm water.
- Dry hands completely on a clean towel.
- Once dry, apply moisturiser to prevent tiny cracks letting bacteria into the body.
Childs Farm and Dr Jennifer Crawley, Consultant Dermatologist, University College London provide this information as a general guide. Further information is available from the NHS and the National Eczema Society, and essential guidance should come from your GP or other medical professionals familiar with the details of your child’s case. Copyright Childs Farm Limited 2018.