How many times a day do you say: “Have you washed your hands yet?”

It’s important for moms to encourage hand washing – for at least 40 seconds to a minute – before meals, after play time, after using the toilet and, of course, after sneezing. Remember kids do what we do – not just what we say…

Let hand washing become a fun and an enjoyable experience for your little ones so that you can spend more time bonding and less time worrying about germs. Here are 10 tricks to encourage your children to wash their hands…

1. Set up a routine…

Let hand washing become routine, especially after participating in certain activities. Explain to them why and when they would need to wash their hands. For example: After touching an animal, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands.

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2. …and a wash station

If you have a toddler, get a stepping stool. I have the ‘tummy tub’ one which can also be used as a potty trainer. Get a ‘special’ towel which is reachable and a bar of soap/hand wash within reach – I prefer the Dettol No-Touch Automatic Hand Wash Dispenser.