6 tips for how often to wash children’s and adults’ hands
- There are micro-organisms on all surfaces that do not do much harm to the human body. Some micro-organisms are even needed by humans to be healthy. Some micro-organisms can cause certain diseases. Children need to develop healthy habits of regular hand washing from an early age. When a child acquires the habit of doing hand washing on their own – then a feeling of the need for regular hand washing develops – scientific research says.
- Regular hand washing is the best way for children and adults to include protection against infections in their daily lives. Hand washing is recommended upon arrival at the house, before meal, after going to the toilet, after cleaning the nose, coughing or sneezing. Hand washing is recommended after each contact with animals and pets.
- Children as young as 4 can already assess whether something is hygienically clean or unclean. A child between the ages of five and six (with proper training) already acquires the habit of sneezing into a handkerchief.
- Hands are carriers of bacteria and other pathogens. The hands most often touch various objects and other people – so the pathogens easily reach the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes.
- The ideal case is to constantly wear disinfectants for surfaces and toilets. When the toilet is not nearby, it is always advisable to use hand sanitizer.
- Items that fall out of your hand on the street – it is best to wash with water.