School Nurse's Guide to Hand-Washing

You might not think much about how clean your hands are, but having clean hands is one of the main ways you can keep yourself and other people healthier. Everyone needs to pay attention to good handwashing rules, including your school nurse, medical doctors, and other people who work in clinics and hospitals. Kids can play an important role in health, too. By washing your hands often, you help reduce the number of germs that get into your body and that you might pass along to other people.

Learning About Handwashing

Just about every surface you touch has germs that you can’t see. When you touch these things, the germs get on your hands. From your hands, the germs can get inside your body if you touch your eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. Inside your body, the germs might make you sick. You can also pass germs on to other people if you touch their hands or when you touch surfaces. Washing hands is a great way to prevent germs from passing into your body or passing to other people.

How to Wash Your Hands Correctly

Just rinsing your hands quickly under water is not enough to kill germs. Most doctors tell their patients that they have to wash their hands for between 20 and 30 seconds to kill all of the germs. You could stand at the sink counting, but there are more entertaining ways to make sure you wash your hands for a long enough time. Sing your favorite song while you lather. Don’t forget to get the soap bubbles into all of the nooks and crannies of your hands and fingers to kill all of the germs.

Games and Activities

Learning about germs and handwashing can be fun if you play games and do activities. Some websites offer fun games that involve killing germs and bacteria. Crossword puzzles, word scrambles, and word searches are great ways to learn new vocabulary words. You can also color coloring pages to decorate the walls around your sink at home.