Hand-washing for the Holidays

Proper hand-washing is one of the most important steps families can take to avoid colds, flu, stomach bugs, and other viruses swirling around us this Holiday Season. Make it fun: teach kids to lather up their hands with warm water and soap for about 20 seconds, which is approximately as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday Song” twice.

The American Cleaning Institute offers a fun “Clean Your Paws for Santa Claus Coloring Page” that can be a conversation-starter on hand hygiene. The image caption clarifies that hand-washing precedes the reward of reaching for a cookie.  Why not print out a few copies and share them with the children in your life?

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