HAND HYGIENE – IS IT IMPORTANT?
Our hands carry a diverse assortment of germs, amazingly there can be 1000s on our hands comprising approximately 150 types.
Hands transfer the germs from and onto any surfaces we touch. Think of all the items you touch daily; your mouth, nose, baby’s bottles and dummies, toys, handles and doorknobs, chairs, mobile phones and toilet seats.
Hand hygiene is therefore the MOST important measure WE as parents can undertake to help prevent the transmission of germs and prevent illness.
It is essential that parents take control and lead by example – you are constantly handling not only your children, but the items that they are touching, if your hand hygiene is poor then germs can easily be transferred and could result in you or your child becoming ill.
Purely Baby recommends that all parents and family members follow our handy 5 step guidelines to good hand hygiene:
- If hands are visibly soiled clean by washing with soap and water; do this each time you handle food, feed or change baby’s nappy, use toilet facilities etc
- Wash hands thoroughly paying particular attention to between the fingers and underneath fingernails – this should take 30 seconds if performed correctly
- Apply our alcohol free hand sanitiser, rubbing into all areas of hands, repeat if needed
- If no running water/soap is available always have your hand sanitiser available as this offers immediate cleansing protection
- Remember, taps and surfaces harbour germs too, so a good cleaning regime for these areas should also be performed regularly
REMEMBER: HAND HYGIENE IS ESSENTIAL IN BATTLING HARMFUL GERM TRANSMISSION. THE SOLUTION IS IN YOUR HANDS