Volunteering at our local Health Department has paid me in many ways without any monetary compensation. The things I learn every day just by answering the phone or helping the nursing staff with computer related problems makes it all worth while.
The walls are decorated with lots of motivation material about innoculations and what signs to look for when you or your children are not feeling well.
We all know that being healthy is so much better than being sick but are you aware that HANDWASHING is the most important single step that can be taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases?
Lots of sickness could be prevented, especially among children, if everyone cleaned their hands. Diseases such as; infectious diarrhea, hepatitis A, colds and flu can be prevented because most germs that cause these diseases enter your body through your mouth by catching a free ride on your hands. For example, you pick up something that has germs on it (it could be a telephone, a toy, or nearly anything we touch every day) and later on, you make sandwiches and share them with a friend. A day or two later, you both get sick.
To help stop these germs from spreading and making people sick, everyone should wash their hands with soap and water; after going to the toilet, blowing your nose, sneezing into your hands or preparing food.
Helping prevent the transmission of infectious diseases among very young children is a challenge for parents and care takers. Children do not know how important washing their hands can be. Some are not yet toilet trained and their hands get into everything and children are notorious for putting their hands and toys into their mouths and playing with groups can spread germs even further.
To help keep children from getting sick, adults should:
Wash their own hands after diapering a child, helping they use the toilet, or helping them blow their nose.
Sanitize the surface of diapering areas after each changing.
Help children wash their hands until they learn how to do it themselves.
Clean toys with an appropriate saintizing solultion (1/4 cup of bleach to one gallon of water) and make sure to rinse the toys thoroughly.
To help kids make it a part of their daily routine, adults should:
Set a good example by washing their own hands.
Teach children why handwashing is important.
Remind children when to wash their hands and reward them when they do it.