One of the best parts of camping as a kid is getting a little – or a lot – dirty on the playground, Jumping Pillow or a favorite trail. While the fun is easy, sometimes the cleanup isn’t so easy for youngsters. This is why it’s important to teach children about proper hand washing. A few simple lessons can prevent the spread of nasty germs and bacteria that can make kids and adults sick. Hand washing is one of the simplest, yet most effective, ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness, including food-borne illness. No one wants germs from a day of campground fun to end up on their dinner plate or marshmallow stick.
Get your kids in the habit of washing their hands:
You can make proper hand washing a routine by making it fun. Turn hand washing into a party at the sink by getting the whole family involved. Just be sure everyone is following these simple steps:
The best way to get your hands clean is using the above method, but if you don’t have access to water, you can use disposable wipes.
Everyone is at risk for food-borne illnesses, but young children are at greater risk for experiencing a more serious illness because their immune systems are not as developed as adults’. Help prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses by making proper hand washing a routine in your home. When you teach your kids these healthy habits, you can help prevent the spread of bacteria and keep them healthy.
For more information about how to make hand washing fun for your kids, visit FightBac.org.
Sarah Lichtman, Food Safety Education Staff, Food Safety and Inspection Service