There’s nothing more important than instilling good habits in your kids – especially when it comes to hygiene. Recently I was given some research from Palmolive that showed the icky germs that can lurk on children’s hands and the results make me shudder!
After a day of play and other normal activities, Palmolive enlisted GP, Dr Bruce Solomon to swab the hands of 14 kids, collect the swabs and send them to a pathologist lab for testing. The results were a mum’s nightmare and included infection causing bacteria, golden staph, as well as bacillus and coliform (including e-coli), the bacteria most commonly picked up from faeces.
Dr Bruce Solomon explains, “These common bacteria are picked up during the course of our everyday lives, and can be too easily passed on to other people. The good news is that these bugs can typically be removed from hands with good hand washing technique, helping to stop them from spreading. It’s important to teach kids how and when to wash their hands from the age of three years to instil healthy habits for life.”
The Clean Hands, Good Health campaign aims to teach preschool children the importance of handwashing to create healthy habits for life. It provides pre-schools with handwashing education kits featuring the campaign mascot, Handy the Octopus. This year, the campaign has taken their mission a step further with the launch of a new fun, interactive, and educational website; Palmolive, where any parent can go to download fun resources to help teach their kids the importance of scrubbing at the right time.
I’m looking forward to checking out the games on the website with my boys and downloading the handwashing champion stickers, because what little boy doesn’t love a reward after he’s done good!