Back-to-school reminder: Wash the germs away

24-7 NurseRebrandWe all know children don’t always practice the best hygiene, especially before eating meals or after going to the bathroom and making mud pies in the yard.

So, why should you keep encouraging them to wash their hands? Let us count the ways:

  • Germs! They can be transmitted many ways, including through dirty surfaces, sneezes and coughs or contact with a sick person.
  • Once they come into contact with germs, kids can become infected by touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Before you know it, the whole family is sick with the same virus.
  • Hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of everything from the common cold to meningitis and influenza. Stop it in its tracks!

How to wash your hands

Develop a routine of hand washing with your children. Start by washing your hands with warm water and soap, lathering up for about 20 seconds. Don’t overlook the wrists or between the fingers and under the nails. Rinse and dry with a clean towel.

When to wash your hands

Make frequent hand washing a rule of the house, especially during these times:

  • Before eating meals
  • After using the bathroom
  • Before and after visiting sick loved ones
  • After touching pets
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • After playing outside

Good hand washing habits can help you stay well. So can our nurses at Baptist Health Line. They welcome your questions. Just phone us any time at 270.575.2918.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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