May 11, 2021

Interviewer: Hand washing is the best way to keep your kids from getting sick. But how do you make it fun? Dr. Cindy Gellner, what's your advice?

Dr. Gellner: You can sing a song. My kids sing the ABCs when they wash their hands. You can also sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" or "Happy Birthday." The main thing is it wants to be a 20-second long song. That's the amount of time that you should wash your hands to get all the germs off. Don't forget your finger nails. Viruses love to live around your fingernails.

You can do a chart for hand washing. Do it just until they get into the habit. So they realize, "Okay. Okay, I came home from school. What's the first thing I need to do? Wash my hands." They wash their hands. They get a sticker. And then you can have the rewards

You can do fun soaps. They've got a whole bunch of soaps out there that make it all sorts of fun. Anything that you can do to make this an enjoyable habit for your kids is going to go a long way.

updated: May 11, 2021
originally published: May 3, 2019

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