Good hand hygiene in children will help to prevent the spread of common communicable infections such as colds and tummy bugs. Getting this message out to children will also help to influence their hand washing practices at home as well as at school.
Manty Stanley, managing director at TEAL Patents – the UK’s market-leading manufacturer of portable hand wash units – explains the five things all headteachers should be aware of regarding hand hygiene within their schools.
- Every year, 11.4 million school days are lost through illness
62 per cent of overall absences in the school year are due to illness, according to a report by the Department of Education. This is equivalent to the loss of 11.4 million school days.
- One hand has 200 million bacteria per square inch
A recent study has found that after one trip to the toilet, over 200 million bacteria can be found per square inch of a child’s hand.
Encouraging children from an early age to wash their hands will help to ensure that this practice becomes a lifelong habit.
- Hand gels do not stop the spread of germs and illness
According to Public Health England, the recommended hand washing method is by using liquid soap, warm running water and paper towels – this is known as the gold standard of hand hygiene.
In schools, anti-bacterial wipes, sprays or gels will not protect young children against all illnesses. The only way to stop the spread of illnesses is by thoroughly washing hands with soap, under running warm water.
- Good hand hygiene habits must be an integral part of children’s curriculum
We all know that children can sometimes lie or forget about hand washing, especially after going to the toilet.
From an early age, children need to associate dirty hands with illness and they must be taught that even if their hands look clean, they may not be – highlighting the importance for a good hand hygiene routine.
Hand washing routines need to be established within the classroom setting making it an important part of every day school life.
- Good hand hygiene can now be taken out of the classroom
Many classroom settings have one main toilet facility and a few hand wash basins. Sometimes 30 to 60 children from different classes are expected to share this facility – often creating a hotbed for germs and illness.
The Kiddiwash range has been specifically designed for children. Units in the range include the Kiddiwash, KiddiSynk, Pinkiwash and the new, improved Kiddiwash Xtra.
The Kiddiwash Xtra is the ideal teacher’s accessory for indoor or outdoor use. The unit is lightweight and portable providing young pupils with the gold standard of hand hygiene where ever it might be needed.
Providing a minimum of 15, 12-second hand washes per filling, the new Kiddiwash Xtra features a carry handle, making it easier to carry in and out of the classroom.
Including a unique, waste-safe to retain all the dirty water which can be emptied when the hot water is replenished, the Kiddiwash Xtra includes a flat base so the unit can be positioned on any stable level surface both indoors and out, making it just the right height for children to wash their hands.
The Kiddiwash Xtra is now available for sale from www.kiddiwash.com and can be delivered to mainland UK within 24 hours.
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