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Teach children good hand-washing habits

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If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness.

Keeping hands clean can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Help children stay healthy by encouraging them to wash their hands frequently. Young children learn by imitation, so be sure you are following good hand hygiene practices. Wash your hands with your children to show them how it’s done.

Make hand-washing fun by singing the “Happy Birthday” or “ABCs” songs twice as a guideline of the time required for good technique. If a child can’t reach the sink on his or her own, keep a step stool handy.

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