Are you constantly making your kids wash their hands or use that gel?

@kbkbooks (7028)
Canada
January 22, 2007 2:11pm CST
Do you need to keep after your kids constantly to wash their hand or use that waterless disinfecting gel? I pretty much figure kids are going to get into a ton of dirt in their life. I make them wash up before meals and after using the john. It's pretty much up to them besides that. I just don't feel I need to be the germ police. I think if you keep your kids to clean and protected, they actually become more vulnerable.
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• Canada
22 Jan 07
The only one I ever have to keep after is my son . He never wants to wash and when you tell him to go to it , he wants to know why . Or will say ."but I just did " . I have never had this problem with my girls and hope it is something he will outgrow soon . With the girls you actually have to tell them they don't need 6 showers a day to stay clean . My little one's always go around with a face cloth for their hands and face to wash with and usually can't stand if they are dirty .
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
My teenage stepson was always like Pigpen on Charlie Brown. Now he can't shower enough. Wait till he becomes a teenager, about fifteen.
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
I let my son wash his hands after playing, before eating and before going to bed. I want him to learn to keep himself clean while still at a very young age. But I also believe that too much cleanliness can make an individual vulnerable to germs, too.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
Exactly. Thanks for your comments.
• United States
23 Jan 07
Yes. My little one is only 15 months old, but if she plays with some one else's toys-- I'll wash her hands when we leave or if she touches animals.. I wash her hands. I prob' am the germ police. I know that to an extent it can actually cause more harm than good-- but--overall- I just care about other people's germs or animals on her.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
I think this is a good idea. I am not so careful about animals. I think they should come into normal contact with dogs and cats all their lives. I think it lessens allergies and builds normal immunity they might need in life.
@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I have used the gel a lot more this year then in years past and I have noticed a huge difference. I haven't wiped near as many noses as I had by this time last year! I'm not obsessive about it though, I'm not following the kids through the house with it or anything, but after they blow their noses I have them wash up ... I think it's a good habit for them to get into. My husband and I also use it quite a bit. It's working for us!
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
In the years as children grow hopefully they wipe their own noses so you do it less anyway. haha.
@rodyeu (209)
• Romania
22 Jan 07
no,I don't need to do that.I have two girls.One is 12 years old,and the other is only 1 year old.Iwant to tell that the bi one is taking care for the little one....And about what are you saying,yes,you are right...they become more vulnerable...
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
Even my older son helped with his baby brother and they were only 13 months apart. It's nice because they have grown up to be good friends. It's good your daughter is taking care of her sister. Good experience for learning to babysit, which she is old enough to start most anytime.