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Help prevent illness

Hand washing prevents the spread of disease and illness. Wash hands frequently using soap and water, especially before eating, after using the bathroom and after handling pets. Encourage your children to wash their hands before touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Children should follow these five steps each time they wash their hands:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer may be used. For more information, see the hand sanitizer section of this handbook.

Be sure your children’s immunizations are up-to-date and they have routine well-child exams. Flu vaccinations are recommended for everyone from the age of six months through adulthood.

Teach your child to do the following when ill:

  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth as that can spread germs.
  • tay home until recovered to prevent exposure to others.
Updated on August 2, 2022
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