We've all been sick from time to time. Colds and the flu come along now and then, and they're no fun when they keep us from doing the things we want to do. That's why people try so hard to stay healthy.
Did you know that experts believe the most important thing you can do to avoid illness is wash your hands? It's true!
Sometimes your hands may look clean when they really aren't. Why? Germs and the bacteria that cause illnesses are tiny and invisible to the naked eye.
If you think about it, most of the stuff you do every day involves your hands. For fun, keep track of everything you do for a day.
If you do, you probably won't believe how many things you touch. From faucets and light switches to toilet handles and doorknobs, a lot of the things we touch every day can contain germs and bacteria.
When you touch something with germs on it, the germs transfer to your hands. You can then transfer those germs to other things you touch. Luckily, it's easy enough to break the cycle and stop spreading germs: wash your hands!
While washing your hands may seem like a no-brainer, there's actually a proper way to wash your hands to make sure you kill all the germs. Just follow these simple steps:
1. Wet your hands with warm water and then add soap.
2. Rub your hands together and lather up for at least 20 seconds. Clean all the parts of your hands thoroughly, including your fingers, palms, and wrists. Also, don't forget to clean under your nails!
3. Rinse your hands well.
- before eating or cooking
- after using the bathroom
- after touching animals
- after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
- after playing outside
So don't give your parents a hard time the next time they ask you to wash your hands. They're just trying to keep you healthy.
And parents, you are a great role model for your children, so wash your hands often, too. Remember: the 30 seconds you spend washing your hands could save you a trip to the doctor's office!