How do you ensure proper hand washing?

@mimpi1911 (25475)
India
May 22, 2008 12:37am CST
'Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.' I still remember my mom teaching us the right way to wash hands...it was an ongoing process and she used to snap at us every time we did it in jiffy. We adults can make sure to take measures while using public phones, office coffee cups or even can clean the children's stuff with disinfectant once in a while. But how could we make the children understand? All those play groups, day care centers, door knobs, toys are potentially the hub of germs and diseases. So, how do you ensure proper handwashing for yourself and how do you make the kids do it in the most effective way?
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
23 May 08
Hi dear u r very right that hand washing is very important and must be taken care of, well i wash my hand before eating anything and i try to avoid to use public phone and public utensils. after i use wah room , i wash my hand with soap and same i do = before and after meal. to kids try to educate them importance of it and try to make them as habit Take care
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
24 May 08
yeah u r right healthis in ur own hand, the more careful u r , is better 4 u take care
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
20 Jun 08
Tahnkx cupid.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
21 Jun 08
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
23 May 08
An effective hand wash lasts atleast 20 seconds. So, at the kindergarten I teach, we sing a handwash song that takes 20 seconds and the kids enjoy the singing more and don't realize they've just washed their hands in the process.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
23 May 08
nice and smart way i like the idea,
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
23 May 08
lol..mylotting from home on a Friday? It's a common practice, Cupid. I remember doing it when I was a kid too.
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
23 May 08
I'm very careful at public restrooms and make sure my kids aren't touching anything after washing their hands. And for safety, I also have a sanitizer when we have to touch the taps. Most malls here have taps here that are light regulated and you just need to move your hands below the tap to get water. I like that because you don't need to touch the taps then.
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
24 May 08
Hi mimpi, how are you. Your discussion indeed is very important as it is connected to our day to day life. I am thankful to my parents who had at very young age taught us the importance of hygiene in our life and I have been always using dettol soap for washing hands and I always add few drops of dettol liquid in water before bath.This has really helped us a lot. But still when we are in public we cannot 100% avoid contact with germs. All that we can do is to be sure that we have washed our hands with disinfectant before we touch anything that we are going to eat or drink so that we can prevent germs to enter into our body because all the problem will start only when germs enter into our blood. I think mimpi, what is most important is the awareness of importance of hygiene in our life. If one knows why you have to be clean, then definitely he and his family knows about it and chance of getting sick is less. Educating people about hygiene importance should be compulsory specially for rural areas where mostly people are uneducated and indulge in more labour work........... Have a nice day.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
24 May 08
I am doing fine DD. How are you? Missed you. Yes, its very important to build the awareness among people and Hygiene and Civic science should be a must for all schools for the children since we develop our habits since childhood. But as you know, how in India the minimum sense is lacking. I feel sorry and wish I could do something.
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
25 May 08
You are right mimpi...India is such a vast country.......nobody can really change this country, but only self awareness can do it , and it may take many many years till education and awareness will reach to each and every citizen of India.....somethings are not easy ...this is one of them.........take care dear....lots of love.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
26 May 08
It's tough indeed but someone has to start somewhere. Many ppl are doing commendable job but a lot more has to be done. I am hopeful, as always.
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@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
22 May 08
I've read something about how long one should do the hand washing. It says that when the "Birthday song" ends, then the proper hand washing is done. I even tried it on my nieces and nephew when they stayed at our house one summer vacation. I've noticed that they barely touch the soap. And they're done with hand washing in just a few seconds. When I couldn't take it anymore, I supervised their hand washing and made sure that they have thoroughly scrubbed their fingers up to the wrists. I sure hope that they still do it today. In my case, I wash my hands twice. I make the soap all bubbly and make sure that I didn't miss a spot. Then, sometimes I use some sanitizer after even washing my hands. With my son, I teach him the way I've taught my nieces. He's still struggling sometimes as if he's starting to get bored with all the scrubbing.hehehe. And when he resists, I start singing him the Dora the Explorer song. My husband who works in the medical field washes his hands, even up to his forearms. And that leaves the sink, even the floors all wet!
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
23 May 08
Yes, saying the English letters slowly or singing happy birthday song or 15-20 secs would be the most effective way no doubt. And it's important to soap through the finger gaps, as you have said. And we must use paper towels after washing with liquid soap squirted from dispensers and allow it to dry and then sit at the table for eating.
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• Philippines
7 Aug 08
Thanks for the BR....
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
7 Aug 08
@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
25 May 08
I always wash my hands when I come home from grocery shopping. Or if I've used public transport or had to shake hands with somebody. I use warm water and soap and wash as many times as it takes to sing happy bithday to you a couple of times. This is not being silly but about health. Since I started making a point of doing that I've found that I have far fewer colds. After all you don't know who had that shopping cart or shopping basket before you. You don't know if they had a cold or the flu. You don't know if they washed their hands after going to the bathroom and so on.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
26 May 08
You are absolutely right. I totally agree. It's our health after all and we need not care what others think about it but we must do thing right. Thanks.
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• United States
22 May 08
I believe it's a parents job to teach their children the proper way to do it. Children will understand if their parents keep teaching, that goes with anything. I was at a McDonalds one time, went in the ladies room. As I was getting ready to exit a worker from Mcdonald's was ready to leave too. She did't wash her hands!!!!!! I made a phone call to the manager. I have stopped going to fast food places and rarely go anywhere to eat anymore after seeing that.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
23 May 08
Yes, most ppl do that but it's our health after all. I think you did the right thing in reporting the manager. Good brands cannot afford to do thing like that. The workers should be trained before their first day. Thanks.
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@dpk262006 (56730)
• Delhi, India
22 May 08
Very pertinent post! Washing hands is very important and I agree with you that it must be taught to kids, when they are quite young. I always tell my kids to wash hands before every meal. I have kept a liquid soap for their convenience. We do not serve them meals, till they confirm that they have washed their hands. I also follow the same approach, whenever I come back home, I make it a point to wash my hands and do not take anything without doing so. You never know how much dust particles remain present in the atmoshphere and they get stick to our hands and fingers.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 May 08
Yes deepak, liquid soap is better than bar ones. Germs might cling onto the bars while we can squirt out liquid soap without that fear.
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• Singapore
22 May 08
Hi Mimpi, I think proper hand washing takes time and... soap. Washing with just plain washing is really not enough - though it might give you an illusion that it is enough especially if your hands and fingers are not oily. It is best to get anti-bacterial soap for washing. To ensure that the small ones wash their hands and wash them right, you have to lead my examples. When they see the adults doing, they will naturally emulate. Cheers!
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 May 08
Nice to hear from you after long. Yes, even I believe the initiation should come from the adults and they should make sure that the kids are doing it all right. Mild anti bacterial soap is good especially if someone is sick in the family and lordwiz even the moist creases of our apparently clean palms can harbour germs!!
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@SukiSmiles (1998)
• United States
22 May 08
I have taught my kids to always use soap and to sing a little song while scrubbing - for example Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. That way the a washing their hands throughly. I always instill in them to wash before eating, even if it's just a snack. I also make them wash if when have gone to the park, mall or after coming home from school. It must work because my kids are rarely sick.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 May 08
We've been taught to say the English alphabets slowly till which we used to scrub our hands with soap and warm water. In fact I still do. Saying the letters had become synonymous with washing our hands. lol..
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
22 May 08
I wish there were a way to make some adults understand! We do not have children, but with them it is important to be consistent and positive. For instance, instead of saying "Your hands are dirty! Why didn't you wash them? Go wash them now" I would say, "Now is a time when we need clean hands. Do you remember how to wash your hands correctly? When you have finished then you will be presentable. Everyone will say what a good job you did!" Of course that takes time, but not as much time as having to deal with a sick kid.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
22 May 08
You've put it so well! Certainly it works in a different way and kids should be dealt with a different language other than commands to make sure of the effectiveness. Love.
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@Hatley (164239)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Jun 08
the medical pros save to throughly rub your hands together using warm water and a good soap for as long as it would take you to sing the Happy Birthday song.so thats a pleasant way to be sure you wash long enought to get really clean.This would be a fun way to get kids to wash long enough as most people like the Birthday song anyway. lol
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
30 Jun 08
Thanks Hatley for this.
@elmiko (6637)
• United States
23 May 08
With all the peoople on earth you can't really ensure proper hand washing. I've heard where they did video monitoring where alot of guys did not wash their hands in public restrooms. I just like my hands being clean naturally. I just do it out of habit.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
23 May 08
lol..
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• United States
23 May 08
I was taught to sing Happy Birthday while I am washing my hands. At the end of the song the hands have been cleaned the way they should be. I also wash my hands and between my fingers around my wrist and a small way up my arm. There are kids in the after school program that do a great job of washing their hands and do it the right way. As far as how to get the kids to wash their hands properly at first you have to make a game out of it. Than after a while it will become a habit for them.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
23 May 08
Yes it's important to wash the insides and corners of the fingers and the nails of course. You have nicely written it. Loved your input.
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