Keeping your children safe from germs: flu, strep throat, coronavirus

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

With the all the sickness like the flu, rsv, strep, cornavirus you have to ensure you and your family remain as healthy as possible! The best way to stay healthy as much as possible is washing hands properly.

Have you ever watched your children wash their hands? Are they really washing their hands? It’s recommended that you wash your hands for 20 seconds, meaning a consistent soapy lather for 20 seconds.

How in the world do you get your preschooler and toddler to wash their hands for 20 seconds?

1)help them wash their hands by rubbing them together and sing the alphabet song slowly. There’s a wonderful distraction! What child doesn’t like to sing with water?

2) You could do the above steps and count to 20 or sing the happy birthday song twice.

3) Wash your hands but you demonstrate how to wash the hands while sing Top and Bottoms.

4) teach them how to se a paper towel to turn the water off if the sink has knobs and open doors with a paper towel when leaving public restrooms.

Germs are airborne and on hard surfaces how in the world do I explain why we cover our mouth when we cough and sneeze?

Reading about germs- Germs Are Not for Sharing is a great book to read to preschoolers. If you don’t want to purchase the book, YouTube has a few readers posted.

Germs activity at home- while at home pretend to cough into their hands (using glitter), then allow them to touch multiple surfaces around the house for them to make a connection on how germs spread. Allow them to wash their hands, they might wash them long enough to get the glitter off, if not this is a perfect way to show them how to wash for 20seconds.

Showing your toddler, preschooler and school aged children how to cough and sneeze inside of the their elbows will help keep them and others safe as well.

I’ve also managed to keep the girls safe by not going in public as often as we usually are. I try to run errands without them to prevent them from touching everything or items that are less likely to get cleaned and disinfected often like grocery store carts. As soon as I get home I wash my hands to prevent spreading outside germs inside the house.

Let’s help each other keep our babies health, comment below on how you have managed to keep your children germ free.

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