Teaching Kids to Wash Their Hands

Teaching your child good handwashing habits from an early age can help keep him or her healthy as he or she enters preschool or day care and comes into contact with germs from other kids. At child care near Pembroke Pines, your child may have access to child-sized bathroom sinks or footstools. At home, he or she will definitely need a footstool to reach the faucet easily. Wash your hands with your child to teach him or her the proper technique. Demonstrate wetting the hands with warm water and then scrubbing all the areas thoroughly with soap.

If your preschool student resists proper handwashing, consider watching this brief video with him or her. It features a registered nurse who helps a little girl understand that even though her hands may appear to be clean, they can actually have lots of germs on them. She recommends that parents and day care centers teach kids a special “Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands” song, which is sung to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”.

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