The simple act of washing your hands with soap can protect your child and you from many diseases. The first step against the fight against the dreaded Convid-19 (Corona Virus) is to wash your hand thoroughly with soap and water. Unicef or the United Nation Children’s Fund has prepared a simple and easy to follow information sheet on how to wash your hands and stay safe in the time of Convid-19.
This is the Unicef step by step how to wash your hands routine.
Your child can sing the full Happy Birthday song twice while she/he lathers their hand. Could be annoying but well worth the time. The same time limit should be maintained if the child is using a hand sanitiser.
Even as many countries are in lockdown, children must maintain personal hygiene. They should wash their hands before and after mealtimes, before eating a fruit or a snack, after playing a board game or touching common surfaces like doors, lift buttons etc. Children must wash their hands after touching a pet, after using the toilet, after taking out the trash or anytime the hands look dirty.
Unicef suggests that both warm and cold water can be used to wash hands. Both are equally effective. The important thing is to use soap while washing hands.
After you wash your child’s hand, make sure they dry it using paper napkins or a clean hand towel. Viruses settle in faster on wet hands rather than dry. So make sure the child’s hands are completely dry after washing their hands.
In the event that you do not have soap or a hand sanitiser, Unicef suggests you can wash your child’s hand with chlorinated water. If you have access to wet wipes, please use them. Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you can and do not touch surfaces in the meantime.
Take a look at this video which shows the WHO method of hand washing.
Wash yours as well as your child's hands and stay safe!