Wash you hands! It’s something we often say to young children. We incorporate hand washing into many different parts of the day in early learning and child care programs.
Knowing When to Wash Your Hands is Important
According to HealthlinkBC it is advisable to:
Wash your hands before you:
- Prepare or eat food
- Feed a baby or child, including breastfeeding
- Give a child medicine
- Change a diaper
- Floss your teeth
- Insert or remove contact lenses
Wash your hands after you:
- Change a diaper
- Take care of a sick child
- Wipe your child’s nose or blow your nose
- Help a child use the toilet
- Use the toilet yourself
- Handle raw food such as meats or poultry
- Touch pets or animals
- Clean pet cages or litter boxes
- Clean around the house
Children should always wash their hands before they eat or handle food.
Children should wash their hands after they:
- Use the toilet
- Blow their nose
- Cough or sneeze into their hands
- Play outdoors
- Play with pets or animals
It is important to help young children wash their hands to make sure it is done well, and to help them learn how to do it correctly.
Using pictures and visuals with young children can be a helpful way for them to remember to wash their hands. Pictures can also support “wash your hands” discussions with children during circles and small group activities. Wash your hands songs are also a great way to help children learn more about the importance of hand washing.
Below are a selection of visuals that you can use to help support children with hand washing.
Source: Wash Your Hands – Pixabay
Wash hands baby or toddler – Source: Pixabay
Wash your hands children – Source: Pixabay
Wash your hands with soap – Source: Pixabay
Gel soap for hand washing – Source: Pixabay
Liquid soap for handwashing – Source: Pixabay
Wash your hands when they are dirty – Source: Pixabay
Wash your hands after playing outside – Source: Pixabay
Wash your hands after you have finished creating art – Source: Pixabay
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