Thursday, October 4, 2012

Why A Healthy Body Means A Healthy Mind

Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease {HFMD} has always been our concern, and even more so when Lil Pumpkin started preschool earlier this year. It certainly didn't help ease our worries when her preschool had to be closed for a few days due to the large number of cases :/ Even after they re-opened, there have been a few new cases, some as recent as last month.

Earlier, I shared some tips on how we, as parents, can do our part to keep our kids safe and deter the spread of HFMD. One of them was to stress the importance of good hygiene practices to the kids and making sure they follow through. I'm sure most of them already know to wash their hands before and after eating, using the toilet etc. However, do they know how to wash their hands properly?? Just spraying water on their hands doesn't count!

There's actually EIGHT steps to wash your hands properly,

1. Wash your palms
2. Scrub each finger and between each finger
3. Rub back of hands and between fingers
4. Rub the base of the thumbs
5. Rub the back of the fingers
6. Scrub the nails on palms
7. Wash your wrists
8. Dry hands with a clean towel or tissue

Don't be surprised that not all adults know this proper hand-washing technique too :) It is best to hand-wash with an antibacterial soap like Dettol and that's why it has collaborated with the Health Promotion Board {HPB} on the Schools Hand Hygiene Programme to educate students.

However, the Programme needs to be supported by parents at home. Yes, it is harder for toddlers like Lil Pumpkin to remember all the steps, but I'm glad that she remembers most {even without our help!}. She actually takes hand-washing veeerrrrry seriously :P I've also put up reminder posters in our bathrooms for everyone to follow.

Even if you are not worried about HFMD, the widespread presence of germs from infectious diseases like diarrhoea and the flu does pose as an everyday threat to the physical and mental well-being of children.

A healthy body and a healthy mind go hand in hand. In a recent study, it showed that healthier kids are at an advantage in terms of learning, knowledge and cognitive development. It does make sense since if you are less sick, you attend school more regularly and can perform better in class. Also, if you feel good physically, chances are you will feel good mentally too.

Although the spread of germs is inevitable, the rate of the infection can be reduced with a simple act of hand-washing since hands are a main incubator of germs. Do share this post and the proper hand-washing technique with your family and friends to help create a healthier environment for all of us!

P.S. If you want a copy of the 8 Steps of Hand-washing infographic poster shown above, leave me a comment & I'll email you a high-res file.

* Disclosure: The community message was due to an invitation from Dettol Singapore. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.



Jo said...

Hi Ai, email me the poster. I want to put it up in my bathroom too!

Christine Lim said...

Hi Ai Sakura,

Can email me a copy of the post too? Thanks.

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Geraldine said...

Haha i like it that you put up the poster!

Ronnie said...

Great post Ai, hand-washing is so much more important than we give it credit for!
Ronnie xo

Unknown said...

Great tips Ai! My son is now 14 :( , but when he was a toddler he had this disease. It was horrible, his whole little body was covered in a nasty rash!

Hope Lil Pumpkin doesn't have to go through it! xo

Ai Sakura said...

Jo and Christine: no worries, will send you tomorrow :)

Geraldine: It does help us remember better heh

Ronnie: thanks, just hope to influence others to take it a bit more seriously too :)

Theresa Mahoney said...

Great post Ai! My kids are spot on for hand washing. If their friends come over I can hear them telling them after they use the bathroom- "Did you wash your hands? Did you make sure you got them good enough?" lol. I'm sure it irritates their friends, but it makes me happy that they are on top of the hand washing!

Natalie said...

Good! Can you email me a copy of the poster too? Thanks Ai! :)