Hand washing properly should be done in order to prevent the spread of germs, infections and illness.”Cleanliness is next to godliness”.  The first time I heard those words I was in Primary School and my home room teacher was teaching the class the importance of good hygiene. So let’s talk about hand washing and the importance of proper hand hygiene. My 2-year-old daughter Sasha started daycare last year and at that particular daycare they practiced proper hand hygiene.  Every time a child was dropped off at the daycare by their parents in the mornings, the first thing the teachers did was washed the child’s hands before any interaction with the other kids, also before the kids ate breakfast,snacks and lunch handwashing was done.   Oh, that was a plus for me that the daycare practiced proper hand hygiene.

Hand Washing should be done:

  •  Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating
  • After sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose
  • After using the bathroom
  • After petting an animal or cleaning up animal waste
  • Before and after direct contact with a person
  • After removing gloves

Steps to hand washing Properly:

  1. Wet your hands and wrist with clean running warm water and apply soap( I prefer to use antibacterial soaps)
  2. Rub your hands together and make a lather and clean your fingers and underneath your fingernails.
  3. Rub hands together for 20 seconds
  4. Rinse your hands, wrist and fingers well until the soap is gone
  5. Dry your hands and wrist with  clean, dry paper towels, or use an air dryer

* If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes*

* The sink is contaminated so always remember when washing your hands to stand away from the sink. Do not let your clothes, hands or body touch the sink and do not touch the inside of the sink*


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  1. It’s too bad the biggest culprits of the spread of infections are the very people who benefit from your illness. I have a parent who spends 2-4 wks in the hospital each year and my sister is constantly cleaning her hospital room daily to ensure she doesn’t end up with a nosicomial infection.

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