Handwashing Education For Adults

Handwashing Education

Handwashing education is important to the health and welfare of children as well as adults. Children need to be taught how to properly wash their hands especially after using the bathroom. Many adults are also in need a refresher course in the importance of handwashing. “An estimated 40 million adults get sick from germs transmitted on dirty hands.” CDC Need we say more?

Handwashing Education And Pre-School

As soon as a child is old enough to reach the sink, they are old enough to learn about the importance of handwashing. Many children start their handwashing education at home before attending pre-school. At pre-school, this important lesson needs to be re-taught and reinforced. Considering the dangerous consequences of unwashed pre-school hands, many pre-schools practice handwashing as part of each day’s activities.

Studies have proven that when a systematic approach to handwashing is instituted in pre-schools, there are a sharp reduction in E-coli caused illnesses.

Row Row Row Your Boat Handwashing Method

One technique that seems to work is when children are taught to sing the song “Row, Row, Row, Your Boat” while they are washing their hands. It is usually recommended that the children continue scrubbing their hands while they sing one slow verse of the song. Two verses would even be better! This assures them of scrubbing for the recommended 15 seconds.

Here are the words in case you don’t know them: “Row, Row, Row, your boat gently down the stream. Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily life is just a dream”

What About Adults and Handwashing Education?

Adults know how to wash their hands, they simply need to be reminded to do it! As many as 50 percent of the people exiting rest rooms fail to wash their hands according to one study! This sounds like an exaggerated number, but sadly, it isn’t. Is it any wonder why so many people become ill from germs transmitted on dirty hands?

One way to help children and adults remember to wash their hands is by placing handwashing posters in bathrooms everywhere.