It’s safe to say that the world around us has changed dramatically in the past few months. There is a great deal that we know and light has been shed on things we don’t know. We’re all find paths to this “new normal” we all hear about, but within that journey, we at Haring Pediatric Dental have returned to relearning some basics. One of those things? One of those things we used to take for granted? Washing our hands!
Handwashing, as we know, is an easy, cheap, and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep kids and adults healthy. It’s also leapt to the forefront of our national discussion. For parents, though, there’s a number of ways to introduce good techniques and make them fun. After all, there’s only 5 easy steps: wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry.
It’s worth noting that like any good, new habit, building handwashing skills takes time. Once you’ve taught the above 5 basics, we find it best to move into a “reminder” phase. Kids (and anyone, really) sometimes don’t know the best time to wash their hands. If little hands are covered with goop, well, that’s an easy one. But unseen dirt and exposure is where good reminders come in to play. Remind children to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after touching pets, after playing outside, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose.
Having handwashing “stations” around helps a great deal, too. Stools to sinks, fun scrubbing devices, playful soaps… All of these things make this repeated task easy and fun. And the good news? Once handwashing becomes a habit, once they know when and how to do it? They will be lifelong handwashers.
As the summer opens up before us, stick with the tried and true. Balance it out with routine, reminders, and get back to basics. And remembering twice daily brushing, of course. Daily flossing. Regular checkups. And stick with the best pediatric dentist in Dublin–Haring Pediatric Dental. Stay safe and call us to set up your kids’ checkups.