Illness-causing germs are the bane of our lives as mums, especially when everyone in the family falls ill, one after the other. Read this article now to find out if you are missing out on two easy germ-busting procedures.
As mums, it's not hard to get anxious about the various superbugs and infections we hear about these days.
Children are particularly vulnerable to infections since their immune systems are still developing. Also, germs are getting harder to fight as they evolve and grow resistant to commonly used drugs and antibiotics, threatening the health of the whole family.
Why wait until your child falls ill to look for ways of making him or her better? What's better is to find out how to stop germs from causing illness in the first place, because prevention is definitely better than cure.
Among the many forms of germ-protection out there, there are two simple but often overlooked germ-busting functions that every single mum can easily follow to safeguard her precious family's health: hand and whole-body hygiene.
Hand-washing for good health
It is basic, but often overlooked knowledge: proper handwashing is one of the most effective ways of eliminating germs.
Children's hands are often the first point-of-contact for dirt and germs, which can then be transferred to them internally if they touch their mouth, nose or eyes without washing their hands.
Younger children in particular are known to suck on their fingers as well as touch their faces often with their hands, making them even more vulnerable to germ exposure via unwashed hands.
Here are three important hand hygiene tips to teach your little ones:
- Starting from when your kids are very young, teach them how to wash their hands properly (see image above).
- Keep a good antibacterial soap such as Lifebuoy near each sink in your house.
- Teach your child when to wash his hands. This should be before eating; after using the toilet; after coming home from school, preschool or elsewhere; after sneezing or coughing; and after touching or playing with pets and other animals.
Mums, remember to also remind other family members and your domestic helpers to follow basic hand hygiene rules, including taking extra care to wash their hands well before handling babies (especially following a diaper change) and before preparing children's food.
Where else do germs like to hide? On your child's body!
On the next page, read about why whole-body hygiene is so important, and how the trusted household hygiene brand Lifebuoy can ensure your child's hands and body are kept germ-free.