Sing your way to germ-free hands

Flu season is here. Stop the germs in their tracks by washing your hands. Proper hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself against germs and prevent the spread of the flu virus as well as other infections and illnesses.

When should I wash my hands?

These are the critical moments to wash your hands, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

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  • Before, during and after food preparation
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
  • After touching garbage

For effective hand-washing, you need to wet your hands, lather and scrub for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying your hands. To make it easier to know how long to wash your hands, try singing a tune while you scrub. These songs are each about 20 seconds and are especially helpful in teaching kids how long to wash.

This is the Way We Wash Our Hands

This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands.
This is the way we wash our hands to keep our bodies healthy.

Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands (to the melody of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Wash, wash, wash your hands. Wash them nice and clean.
Wash them on top, wash them on bottom and fingers in between!

If You’re Dirty and You Know It

If you’re dirty and you know it,
wash your hands!
If you’re dirty and you know it,
wash your hands!
If you’re dirty and you know it, then your hands will surely show it.
If you’re dirty and you know it,
wash your hands!

You can also wash your hands to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, the ABC Song or Happy Birthday (twice) to scrub for the recommended time.

Proper hand hygiene will help keep you and your family safe this flu season. Practice these songs with your children and make hand-washing a healthy habit.

Washing your hands is just one of the ways in which you can keep your kids safe and healthy. Learn more from the Kohl’s High Five Prevention Program.

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