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Good hand hygiene habits starts early in life
The importance of hand washing
Absenteeism and illness due to poor hand hygiene in nurseries and schools is a real problem. It affects not only the teachers and children, but often also involves parents having to take extra time off work. We know that teaching and monitoring hygiene is a major challenge for parents as well as educational institutions.
Washing one's hands helps to prevent illnesses and is the best defence.
There are three main types of transfer (bacteria and/or virus) that are desired to interrupt:
- from the hands to — eyes, nose, mouth and open sores;
- to another person either via direct hand-to-hand contact or via indirect hand-to-object-to-hand contact;
- from hands to food during food preparation.
Wipe away the germs
When cleaning their hands, many people get into the bad habit of a quick wash, then a quick shake to get the drips off, then go. If you can teach children from an early age to dry hands until they are completely free from moisture, then bad habits are less likely to develop.
Using Liquid or Foam soap and rinsing with water removes a large fraction of most bacteria — especially when followed by thorough drying. Using soap and rinsing with water is also an effective method of reducing the number of viruses on the skin.
One advantage of disposable paper towels is that the bacteria get trapped in the towel. It is when bacteria are transferred to the body interior that illness can occur.