Keeping kids clean may be easier, once they're on board
Some parents try vainly to keep their kids' hands clean and car seats free from sticky fingers. However, with an active, curious child, this can be a difficult task. Luckily, one new Canadian campaign is set to take the stress out of teaching good, clean practices.
The Canadian Institute of Child Heath (CICH) launched the initiative called “William, Won't You Wash Your Hands?” which comprises a resource kit featuring fun activities and information to encourage kids to lather up.
Dr Robin Walker who is a CICH advisor explained that “research has shown that having children wash their hands can decrease the spread of infection within early learning and care programs, which has a positive impact on children, program staff and families,” indicating some of the program's benefits.
Parents can maintain good handwashing practices at home and might even consider purchasing a new children's DVD as a reward for consistent good behavior.
Meanwhile, to help little ones perfect their hand-washing techniques, the CICH recommends that kids practice washing their hands to one round of the Happy Birthday song in order to get their timing right. It's a good idea to pick up a novel nail brush to remind that little nails need to be scrubbed too.