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Hand washing

It’s really important for children to learn how and when to keep their hands clean as it stops germs from spreading and helps prevent your child and those around them from getting an infection.

How to wash hands

Use warm water and soap and make up a lather on both sides of the hands, wrists, between the fingers and around the nails. Hand washing should take about 10 to 15 seconds.

When to wash hands

  • Before eating or touching food

  • After using the toilet

  • After blowing your nose or coughing
  • After having contact with pets or other animals
  • After playing outside
  • Before and after visiting a sick friend or relative
  • When hands are dirty