Teaching Kids to Wash Their Hands

How often do you say, “That’s enough.”? Enough food, enough time spent brushing your teeth, the number of times you wash your hair each week, and so on.

Sometimes enough really is enough – and others? Not so much.

Take washing your hands for example. Never has the need been so underscored as it is during any type of pandemic when, suddenly, we go the extra mile to ensure the job has been done fully and correctly.

Most adults get it. But the necessity doesn’t always trickle down to children.

Teaching people of any age about handwashing helps not just them, but entire communities. Here’s evidence from the Center of Disease Control:

  • Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23-40%
  • Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
  • Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%
  • Reduces absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren by 29-57%

Not washing hands harms children around the world

About 1.8 million children under age 5 die each year from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top two killers of young children around the world.

  • Although people around the world clean their hands with water, very few use soap. Washing hands with soap removes germs much more effectively.
  • Good handwashing early in life may help improve child development.
  • Estimated global rates of handwashing after using the toilet are only 19%.

When Kids Should Wash Their Hands

These are minimum “musts” – we’re confident you’ll think of and discover other occasions worthy of a good handwashing.

  • Anytime their hands are dirty, especially after finishing an activity
  • Before eating or touching food
  • After using the bathroom
  • After blowing their nose or coughing
  • After touching pets
  • Before and after visiting a sick relative or friend

While it’s okay for adults and kids to wash their hands in cold water, who wants to? To ensure a steady supply of hot water, Pann Home Services encourages you to have all your plumbing inspected once a year. That will uncover many problems, but not all. Let’s say for example, your family has grown since your water heater was installed and the system can no longer keep up with the demand. That’s a proactive opportunity for you to contact us for a free new water heater proposal. Whatever it takes, we’re well-equipped to help you maintain a steady supply of hot water.