Dirty hands

Problem: Spread of germs and sickness


  • Practice good hand washing for you and the children. It is your best tool to prevent the spread of sickness.
  • Organize your daily schedule to include good handwashing habits.
  • Teach children good handwashing techniques.
  • Teach children to cough and sneeze toward the floor, into their elbows or shoulders (not into their hands) and away from other children.
  • Have preschool children practice using tissues and throwing them away by themselves.

Handwashing tips:

  • Use running water to rinse the dirt and germs down the sink. Using a container of water will only spread the germs around.
  • Use paper towels or a separate cloth towel for each person. One towel for all spreads germs since children do not always do a good job of handwashing.
  • To prevent getting your hands chapped from frequent handwashing, keep hand lotion by your sink and use it each time. Chapped hands are not only uncomfortable, they spread germs by holding the germs in the cracks in the skin.

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