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Teach your young children the barrier gestures

January 2021 | Enjouet LTD

Teach children to wash their hands, to avoid direct contact with friends, to cough into their elbows ... barrier gestures are good habits that help prevent the contagion of infectious diseases. To stop the transmission of viruses, bacteria and other microbes, educate your children about hygiene from an early age.

 

RAISE YOUR CHILD'S AWARENESS ABOUT CONTAGION

 

As soon as your child is old enough to go to school, he faces many interactions with his teachers, but also with his peers. From the age of 3, you can explain to him in words and a few simple tips the transmission of viruses and other germs.

 

THE TRANSMISSION OF MICROBES EXPLAINED TO CHILDREN

 

To show the transmission of a virus or bacteria that is usually invisible to a child, place glitter on their hands to represent germs. By reflex, he will quickly bring his hands to his face where glitter will stick. Cuddle or kiss him and the glitter will end up on your skin.

Let him touch his toys, food, a glass of water. It is now time to take stock of the manual transmission of the sequins! By washing your hands properly with soap, the glitter disappears.

 

 

HYGIENE, A CHILD'S PLAY!

 

Figurines, dollhouses: the game is perfect for talking about people-to-people contact and the essential hygiene to be put in place to avoid contagion. Make up a cold story around a character and activate your child's imagination. He will quickly translate good habits into real life and ask you lots of questions.

You can also make him aware of the frailty of the elderly by taking his grandparents as an example.

 

HAND WASHING: A BARRIER GESTURE FROM THE YOUNGER AGE

 

80% of germs are transmitted through the hands. Teaching your child to wash their hands as early as possible is part of their education. Remember to cut her fingernails regularly, which are nestled under viruses and bacteria. It is also through the hands and under the fingernails that the eggs of pinworms disseminate. These very common small white grubs are sometimes responsible for itching and agitation in the evening and at night.

 

LEARN THE RIGHT GESTURES FOR WASHING HANDS

 

Washing your hands cannot be improvised. According to WHO, hand washing with soapy water must last at least 40 seconds, which is a long time for a child!

From the age of 4, always under your supervision and enhanced by a step for more comfort, your child can wash their hands independently:

  • On his wet hands, he pours the soap and rubs the palms and backs of his hands as well as his wrists;
  • It rubs the spaces between the fingers well by crossing them, true refuges for microbes;
  • He rubs each finger without forgetting the thumb while turning the opposite hand around;
  • For nails, nothing like a circular motion of the fingertips on the palm of the opposite hand;
  • He does not forget the wrists;
  • After having thoroughly rinsed his hands, he should dry them with a clean, dry hand towel.

 

This real ritual must remain a game so that he does not get bored: find a rhyme that amuses him and lasts long enough, or repeat it twice in a row. Encourage him to lather the soap to generate bubbles! Children's hand washing must be a reflex: before each meal, on returning from the outside, after having touched an animal, after going to the toilet ...

Before the age of 4, you must washing baby's hands yourself. The use of a suitable liquid soap facilitates application. Positioning baby near the sink or sink can be dangerous. For added security, you can set it up on the changing table or even on the clean floor and bring a small basin of water. 

 

 

 

DISINFECTANT SOLUTIONS SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

 

Outside the house, there is not always a water point for washing children's hands. Disinfectant solutions without soap or rinsing exist, and allow in 30 seconds to maintain the hygiene of the hands of the children.

To respect children's skin, a disinfectant foam of 100% vegetable origin eliminates microbes: viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Without endocrine disruptor, it is suitable for the whole family.

 

PROTECTING YOURSELF AND PROTECTING OTHERS: BARRIER GESTURES FROM AN EARLY AGE

 

As your child grows, good hygiene habits should be established especially during times of contagion. Of course, there is no way your child will reject contact: their social development is still very important. It's about teaching him other ways to greet or have fun.

 

AVOID CONTACT TO AVOID CONTAGION

 

Especially in times of contagion, teach your child to avoid direct contact. Hugs, kisses, shaking hands are habits that should be replaced by words. Saying "hello" with a beautiful smile is just as pleasant and communicative!

From an early age, adults and children alike keep putting their hands on their faces: 3000 times a day on average! Teaching your child to reduce this automatic gesture is ideal but remains difficult to instill: it is a reflex of reassurance rooted in us.

 

SICK CHILD, I DO NOT CONTAMINATE OTHERS

 

Coughing or sneezing in the bend of the elbow rather than in the hand is an excellent barrier gesture so as not to spread the germs projected. Stop berating your child by throwing "his hand over his mouth!" "But by" the elbow in front of the mouth! ".

A virus can last a whole day on a tissue. Give your child only disposable tissues and teach them to throw them away in a closed trash can after blowing their nose, and then to wash their hands.

 

 

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