Children and the importance of good hand hygiene

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Germ facts

We are surrounded by germs ! This may sound a bit awful but in reality the vast majority are harmless to humans, or may even do some good eg gut bacteria.

However some germs such as some bacteria, viruses and fungi, can make us unwell.

We can pick up germs in several ways:

Through the air – when an unwell person talks, coughs, or sneezes, they transfer germs into the air which can land on surfaces or be breathed in directly by others

 Touch – germs left on contaminated surfaces, such as toilet flushers, taps, door handles, toys and kitchen surfaces, can be picked up and transferred into your body when you touch your eyes, nose, mouth or a cut.  Animals can also be a source of germs.

Food – stomach bugs are usually caused by eating food that has germs.

Regular hand washing is one of the essential things we can do to fight the spread of bacteria and other germs. Children can help protect themselves from germs by washing their hands with anti-bacterial wash and warm water:

  • Before and after eating
  • After playing with a pet or animal
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose
  • After touching something potentially contaminated (e.g. chewed pencils, used tissue, etc.)

Trusted germ protection on the go

With our busy on-the-go lifestyles we are not always able to wash our hands with soap and water. This is where Dettol Healthy Touch Hand Sanitiser becomes an important part of keeping away from germs.

One application of Dettol Healthy Touch Hand Sanitiser kills 99.99% of germs providing on-the-go protection, with no need for soap or water.

Dettol Healthy Touch Hand Sanitiser contains Aloe Vera and has been dermatologically tested.

 

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