Our hands carry many germs because they come into contact with several different surfaces during the day. Keeping the hands clean is important, but how does hand washing protect you? We’re taking a closer look at how the simple act of washing the hands with soap and water is important for the family’s health, and how it can protect you and your loved ones from different illness-causing germs.
Caring for a baby at home requires the highest levels of hand hygiene. Passing on germs to babies is harmful because they are still too young to fend off illness. Always wash your hands with warm water and soap before you pick up your baby, and teach the other family members to do the same. Or if you are out of doors and away from soap and water, you can quickly sanitise your hands using Dettol Instant Hand Sanitiser.
Confused about when to wash your hands? Consider these situations:
- Before picking up the baby
- Before feeding your baby
- Before and after changing the baby’s diaper
Children are susceptible to many illnesses such as influenza and diarrhoea, because their immune systems are still building resistance to these viruses. Besides, children can easily pass on these illnesses to other children at play, nursery or school, after they touch contaminated surfaces. Washing the hands regularly with soap such as Dettol Original Liquid Hand Wash and water can greatly reduce the rate of illness and protect your children.
You should teach your children to wash their hands:
- Before eating their food (both at home and at school)
- After playing outside
- After using the toilet
- When they return from school
Mum & Dad
Mummy and daddy are the heads of the family, and its primary caregivers. So they must have clean hands or risk spreading germs to their children. Parents have many chores around the house, from cleaning the house to cooking for the family, so their hands must be clean at all times. The easiest way to do this is to wash the hands often during the day with soap and water.
Parents should wash their hands:
- Before cooking
- After handling raw food items
- After emptying the garbage or cleaning the kitchen
- Before and after caring for unwell children
Correct Hand Washing Techniques
Ensure your hands are clean and germ-free with our simple 8 step hand washing guide
- Wet your hands with warm running water
- Apply a small amount of Dettol soap on your hands
- Rub your hands together, (away from the water)
- Rub your fingers and thumbs, and the skin in between the fingers
- Rub your nails on your palms
- Rub the back of each hand
- Rinse the soap off with running water
- Dry your hands using a clean paper towel
So this is how you can keep yourself and your family free of germs and illness, by washing your hands with soap and water as often as possible.